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thomas rubino
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Hi All : My first post on this forum. Been raising pigs from piglet to slaughter in groups of 3-4 for the last four years with great sucsess. This year I have 4 and all was well untill apx 5 days ago when I noticed that one of the barrows had an (udder) looking growth on his belly. He did not (nor does ) appear concerned with it, there is no redness or abration. His eyes are alert and he seems to be eating, (will eat comfry from my hand ) dispite spending long time hanging around the pig pen I have not seen him pee or poop but I do not think he is having any trouble there either. He is laying down sooner than the others but will jump up if you aproach. I did some looking on line and found pictures that appear to be the same problem and its a hernia. according to what i read if it does not impeed their walking nor grow to a size that it will drag on the ground then the pig should be watched but raised to slaughter weight . My vet was consulted by phone and his thought was I should send it to the butcher soon (now) before any infection starts. I am including some pics in the hope that one of you has encountered this before as i realy do not want to send this piggy off before he needs to go. Thanks for any help Tom
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I had the same thing on one last year.he was raised from about 50lbs when I noticed to near 300lbs.butchered him and meat was great.my vet said if it doesn't bother him dont worry,so that's what I did.i recommend you do like you do to all animals,just keep an eye out and it most likely will be fine.good luck.
 
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Thanks Mike; I am glad to hear that. I had come to the same conclusion about watch & see, but am very glad to know that yours went to full weight with no problems. Thanks again Tom
 
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I would watch it but not worry over much. If it gets a lot worse, slaughter the pig as a roaster. Otherwise raise it to full slaughter weight.
 
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Thank You walter; I appreiciate your input., never hurts to ask for help. Piggy is acting fine & I will keep an eye on him. Tom
 
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I bought my first pigs this year, and the barrow had a swelling like that. It worsened very quickly and the barrow died.
Everything I had read said that they can be raised to slaughter weight with that going on, but please do keep an eye on him.
 
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Hi carolyn; Sorry to hear about your piggy. Its been almost a month and mine is doing good. His growth has not gotten any worse and he runs and plays with the others. He is keeping up in weight with his brother. I am feeling confident that he will get to go to the butcher with his siblings.I do keep a special eye on him, in fact he's gotten quite sociable, running up to see if i brought him any comfree to munch on. Thank you for your concern's that is why i enjoy being a part of this group. Tom
 
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Hi All; Just an update on (ham) piggy. He went to the butcher last week with his siblings! only 5#s lighter than his brother and 20#more than his sister. 220 hanging weight. Butcher said no problems with his belly, in fact said the intestions had drawn back inside. Thanks for the support and suggestions.
 
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glad it worked out.
 
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