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Pigs - Returning Fertility

 
Alison Thomas
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Does anyone know when a sow naturally becomes fertile again after giving birth if the piglets are left with her? Our piglets are now 10.5 weeks old and still with Mummy. We also have one of her first litter in with her (a male that's due for processing in two weeks, he's now 10 months old) as we thought she was 'safe' company for him but we caught them having a Spring Shag yesterday. Oh please, don't let it be possible for her to get preggers again so soon.
 
Walter Jeffries
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Our sows normally rebreed seven days after weaning. We have one line of sows that hunt down a boar about ten days after farrowing, while they're still nursing, and rebreed ahead of schedule. These ladies have three litters a year. In part because they also have about a week or two shorter gestation cycle than most sows. This line also has more teats, produces bigger litters and weans bigger piglets than other sows so I'm working on crossing through our herd. This is the Blackie line.

So, with a 10 month old boar there's a good chance you'll find her in a piggy way.

Cheers

-Walter
Sugar Mountain Farm
Pastured Pigs, Sheep & Kids
in the mountains of Vermont
Read about our on-farm butcher shop project:
http://SugarMtnFarm.com/butchershop
 
Brendan Getchel
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Walter Jeffries wrote:We have one line of sows that hunt down a boar about ten days after farrowing, while they're still nursing, and rebreed ahead of schedule. These ladies have three litters a year.


Pig sluts! I hope ours become the unbridled fornicators that yours seem to be. We got our first weaned piglets about one month ago, and they're a hoot!
 
Walter Jeffries
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Brendan Getchel wrote:Pig sluts! I hope ours become the unbridled fornicators that yours seem to be.


It's because of all the horny-moans being released in their blood stream. Warning, if an 'appropriate' member of the same species and opposite sex is not available they'll moan with anyone and anything... They're not bigoted in the least.
 
Brendan Getchel
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Walter Jeffries wrote:
Brendan Getchel wrote:Pig sluts! I hope ours become the unbridled fornicators that yours seem to be.


It's because of all the horny-moans being released in their blood stream. Warning, if an 'appropriate' member of the same species and opposite sex is not available they'll moan with anyone and anything... They're not bigoted in the least.


Just a bunch of prostitutes. And they taste good, too!

BTW, checked out your plans for your new processing center. It looks like you put more than a few minutes of thought and planning into it. I hope it works out half as good as it looks on paper! If it does, you'll be the next Hog Baron of the Northeast.
 
Walter Jeffries
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Brendan Getchel wrote:BTW, checked out your plans for your new processing center. It looks like you put more than a few minutes of thought and planning into it. I hope it works out half as good as it looks on paper! If it does, you'll be the next Hog Baron of the Northeast.


*grin* Our customers, primarily stores and restaurants who we deliver to weekly, call us the Pig People. Some of them don't even know our other names. They also say that when they think pork they think of us. It's nice to have established a _good_ reputation. Now we just have to keep our ladies of the night working. They don't ask much, a roll in the hay or a roll of hay to be more exact.
 
Brian McNabney
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I got a kick out of this post . You people are hooters .
On the serious side ... I wanted to let you know of my experience with the Tam sows.
I raise my own open pollinated corn . The pigs and the rest of the animals for that matter will eat this corn first , ask for more,then if there is nothing else eat the commercial variety.
I protect this OP corn as best as I can from pollen and spray drift from other fields . I have to position it in the center of my acreage to be safe .
I raise no where near the amount that I can use. SO I need to buy feed after it runs out.

Can I sue somebody for being boxed in like this and loosing money ?

The wildlife also will cross a cornfield to get to this OP corn.
AND.. the animals seem satisfied after eating 1/2 the amount than commercial corn.
I have been raising and selective breeding OP for over 12 years.
I also grind it and eat it myself . I can't imagine doing that with the commercial corn I buy.

OK........

While purchasing corn and feeding it , The Tam girls cycles seemed irregular or would skip . I put them in with the Boar and they still did not seem to take.
This also happened with the cows that year.
Both animals were starting to leave the corn and pick out other grains.
I did notice some black corn ..... the feed dealer assured me that it couldn't be the corn and they offered to put cherry flavor in it the next time.
Instead I substituted other grains and the animals came out of it.

I am not sure what it was ........... but, it wasn't good.

As for animal fertility ... really wacked it out..
 
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