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Pasture Farrowing...
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Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 17:51:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anybody have any experience with this? This is very important. I have three gilts due to deliver within the month and if I start them out this way I will tend to want to continue at least with these three girls as long as it goes well enough.

I plan to put up a-frame type farrowing huts and just leave the girls where they are and let nature take it's course hoping that each one will adopt a straw filled hut.

What do ya'll think? I'm planning on putting up the shelters tomorrow. They are on about a quarter acre dirt and grass/weed lot. They are fed twice daily a.m.-p.m. and have a community shelter now. They are sisters and grew up always together. I want to avoid the farrowing crates if at all possible.

I am not currently worried about the piglets roaming as I know they will be able to find ways out, but will always find ways back in as soon as mom lays down, no predators to be concerned of as yet.

The a-frame type hut should offer babies both sides to get out from under mom's feet and a certain amount of body heat from mom and a block from any wind, hopefully eliminating the need for heat lamps. /p\ What do ya'll think?

kraig WY    Posted 01-07-2003 at 21:59:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi, I've rased pigs for year and found you need to seperate the pigs before farrowing. Every now and then you're gonna find a sow that eats it young. You wont know which one if their together. The pigs will drift to other sows to feed and you'll see they one sow ends up with most of the babys and one will end up not nursing at all. You'll learn which is a good sow and which to get rid of. Trust me, to manage them properly you need to seperate them.

Cindi    Posted 01-08-2003 at 05:32:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Even if they each farrow a few days apart?

kraig WY    Posted 01-08-2003 at 07:20:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its worse if they farrow a few days a part then if the all farrow at once. An anamal, cows or pigs or whatever need calestral (spelling) as a antibotic when they are first born. They get it from their fist few nursing. Then the mother's milk turns into regular milk. (that's why dairy cows first couple weeks of milking isn't use for comerical milk). The baby pigs may and do got to another sow to nurse. If that happens they may use up all the calestral from the sow that hadn't farrowed and she wont have it for her liter. Also you're gonna loose some of the babies. Mostly from the mother laying on or stepping on the babies. Its better for the babies to dodge one sow then three. I would go to the county extension agent and get a 4H manuel on pigs. They will have a lot of good information, not only on farrowing but care for the liter and mother. You should give the mother 4 Way shots before they farrow. It will save you having to give the babies shots individualy. You also need to watch the sow after they farrow. Some of them get grumpy. I've been chase out of more then one pen by a new momma pig.

Cindi    Posted 01-08-2003 at 10:08:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, yes, I've seen the grumpy thing. We have other sows. Our Duroc, Jennifer Lopez is the worst I ever saw. I'm familiar with pigs, just not pasture farrowing. I usually use a pen or crate. You are referring to colostrum. First two-three days from mom, yep, you're right, they gotta get that, didn't think about them trying to nurse from one other than mom. I usually just give min eindivudual shots, as the males have to be handled anyway for castration. Gives us a good chance to look them over well. Most of the moms are okay except J-Lo. From now on she goes in a crate, period.

Here's another site for you to look at.    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:14:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I found this while look for farrowing huts. It has some good information too.

Larry    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:09:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Even though I have not done it myself I think it's a great idea. You seem to be headed in the right direction with your plans. I'm going to post a site about farrowing on pasture. I think you will find it very useful.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:18:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
If the above is a link to your site I have visited there before. Small world huh? I found it inspirational and informative. If only mine were so indepth.

Larry    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:22:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The link to the site I posted isn't mine. I think you should take a look at it. I was thinking about giveing it a try,but decided to get out of farrowing instead,at least for now.(Never say never)

Les    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:04:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would keep them apart, especially since it's their first litter. Once the pigs are a few days old, they'd probably be all right to run together again.
This advice is just a hunch. I'm not an expert but have been around them 'most all my life. Better safe than sorry.

Fawteen    Posted 01-08-2003 at 05:19:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
...but have been around them 'most all my life...

That explains a lot...


Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:13:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Okay...that could be arranged, especially if I bait them in the huts and then block them in.

Les    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:17:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
You must be well down south to think about doing that this time of year. Little piggies sure do like to be warm and dry. Even when they are warm and dry they still shiver a lot.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:21:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
West central florida. In fact we are picking oranges now. Have some beautiful warm autumn type days. The pistures on my web site were taken in the last few weeks. We have had a few cold nights, and they (the pigs) do tend to pile up. If I have to I'll string cords and heat lamps.

Les    Posted 01-07-2003 at 18:35:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was right down that way last winter. Went to the Pioneer Park Days at Zolfo Springs. While there we stayed at an Econolodge (?) in (can't remember the town but it was 15 or 20 miles east and maybe a little south. Maybe Sebring?) Saw large herds of cattle and lots of oranges between there and Zolfo.
Was just emailing with our friends that we stay with when we go down. They live near Inverness. They say it's going to be down in the 20s tonight.
Link is to my band's website. I'm the guy with the guitar.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 20:53:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Zolfo is roughly seven miles southwest of me. I went to pioneer days last year too. Did the dumbest thing ever that day. Parked the van in the designated parking on the south side of the road and me and my girls had crossed over to the park side when I remembered to do inventory.

Had my shades, money, cell phone, but no cigs. Had to go back. I started patting my pockets in anticipation of unlocking the van when I got there, and couldn't find them. Must have left them in the van. Oh hell.

RAN back across the road and found them, just as I suspected, in the van, in the ignition. Van still running. Sheesh.

If you traveled down 64 from Sebring to Zolfo as you must have, you passed a little Y in the road where East Main out of Wauchula and 64 into Zolfo meet. There's a little mexican store there called A and M market. I am exactly one mile north of there. Giving out too much info, you might think, too many loonies out there might come see me. Is okay, have many big guns/dogs.

So les..fortunate stands for Lester, huh? Loved the picture. If you went to my site, I'm the gal on the four-wheeler.

Cindi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 21:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
By the way Larry I did go to the sites you suggested, very informative, especially the first one. Even e mailed them a question. has just started getting what I refer to as cold here the last few nights, lows in the thirties and forties over night. I may very well still have to use the warming lights somehow, in the huts, if I go that way. If it gets in the twenties here I'm screwed, every water line I have will split, they're almost all above ground. Inverness is north of us quite a ways I think, I hope, I hope, I hope.

Larry    Posted 01-08-2003 at 10:28:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I wouldn't mess with the lights. If you are useing A-frame huts they stay plenty warm without any help.

Dell (WA)    Posted 01-08-2003 at 00:52:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cindi.........if'n ya gotts black plastic water hose layin' on toppa ground and ya expects it to get freezin'. Turn it on and letter dribble all nite long. OR turn'er off and the sun in the morn' will warmup the black plastic rite quick. And if'n it froze and cracked, ya find'er squirtin' innna morning (10am) when ya turns the water back on. Generally speaking, black plastic pipe don't freeze and crack like iron pipe does.........Dell

Cindi    Posted 01-08-2003 at 05:37:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Black plastic hoses in orange grove only, could care less if they break, haven't used the microjet system all year, haven't needed to, still up to my rooftop in oranges cause it's been so wet.

Pipes I'm worried about are in the pig chutes for watering. Schedule forty pvc. This morning had about a quarter inch of ice on everything. Scared me to death but I checked the weather, temps going back up starting tomorrow. Although we have no weather forecast for our particular area we can use the one for Tampa or Orlando and get pretty close.

piggy    Posted 01-08-2003 at 05:56:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
ive raised hogs both ways in farrowing buildings
and in a pasture. as long as the weather is ok,
you'll do fine in a pasture. good luck.

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