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New pig page pictures.
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Larry    Posted 08-19-2001 at 18:36:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]

For all of you who are keeping track of the goings on at the pig ranch.I added a few new pictures to the page.

OW - trimming ceremonies    Posted 08-21-2001 at 06:15:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I see castration hasn't changed much over the years. My grampa used to sharpen his jackknife while we rounded them up, then 2 people would hold feet while he did the surgery (ever hear a piglet squeal? Yeah well -- ) Splash-on some turpentine and turn him loose! And they'd waddle around with their feet apart for a couple weeks. heh heh

Along those lines, if some of you guys ever decide to get yourselves fixed, ask for a sedative or a bottle before they haul out the big hypodermic! I mean they nail 'em! They don't call them "shots" for nothing - The second shot sends you about 2 feet off the table. Take my word -- :)

VKG    Posted 08-20-2001 at 15:24:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello, I enjoyed the pictures. What are you doing when you ring them? I don't know much about pigs, I raise goats. You seem attached the the mothers, do you keep them long, or do they end up like the males? Have a nice day. VKG...

Larry    Posted 08-20-2001 at 15:54:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Ringing pigs is a very traumatic event for both the pig and the farmer. First you have to get a pig to stick his/her head into a head gate. The ones that have never experienced this before are the easiest to get in. After you get their necks clamped in good and tight the squealing and hollering begins. First the pig squeals its head off,and the farmer hollers for more rings,fast! The rings are crimped onto the top of the pigs snout with a special ringing pliers.Kind of like a crude ear piercing. The reason for doing this is to keep the pigs from rooting up every square foot of your property.
As for the sows. It's hard not to make some what of a pet out of them.So much care and attention goes into them,so they will have large healthy litters.But,after they have had their last litter,usually four for my sows,it's time to send them to the big pasture in the sky,the wiener factory. But then again by then you have new ones to take care of,and the old ones are only a thing of the past.

Denise    Posted 08-20-2001 at 16:36:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
geeze Larry, that was tramatic just reading that.
I can see how hard it would be for you to put them in there, and for them - I don't want to think about it! I'm assuming that it is painful to 'root' forever after or once healed they would go right back to it? Makes me feel bad. Needless to say - I could never survive as a farmer, I would have befriended all the animals and it would cost us a fortune to feed them all instead of the other way around.
My hats off to ya.

Denise    Posted 08-19-2001 at 19:03:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So the glory of being an adopted mom has worn off? hahaha - Did they find their feed or are they waiting for her to cuddle them a little??
This time I checked out the storm pics as well as your new kitties - Are the pics of your new pig mama there and I am just missing them??? Or at 2 days old you can't get too close just yet?
Keep those pics coming!

Larry    Posted 08-19-2001 at 19:56:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The pictures of the new babies should be there.

Denise    Posted 08-19-2001 at 20:05:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Found em! Refreshing the page helps!
Thanks. Those girls born mid march will be ready by thanksgiving? Are they full grown then?
How old were these mamas?

Larry    Posted 08-19-2001 at 20:10:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Pigs will reach maturity in six months. I usually won't breed them until they are seven to eight months of age. They will have there first litter when they are about a year old.

Denise    Posted 08-19-2001 at 21:07:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
...and did I see something along the lines of 600 pounds when mature? so are those big girls only a year old? Holy Cow! (Sow?)

Larry    Posted 08-20-2001 at 03:53:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]

The sows that were 600# are over two years old,and had four litters of pigs. The new gilts will probably weigh around 300# when I breed them.

phyllis    Posted 08-19-2001 at 18:56:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Once again, Great Pictures! They sure are growing fast too.

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