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yes or no on clipping wolf teeth

 
mike clark
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got a big boar in with my sows who has huge tusks.was wondering do any of you clip their wolf teeth when they are piglets,if they are gonna be used as a breeding boar?
 
Walter Jeffries
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Clipping wolf teeth on piglets has nothing to do with tusks on adults.

We don't clip wolf teeth nor do we cut tusks on boars and sows. FYI, sows have tusks too. I save the tusks from the boars, sows and even finishes.

Tusks do get sharp because they rub against the top teeth and they grow continuously.

The biggest tusks I have are 11.5" long. That is rare as normally they break off or wear down at smaller sizes.

See photos here:

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/bigun-tusks/
 
mike clark
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thanks walter,i have an old boar looks almost identical to the one you have pictured that is headed out,and a young boar up and coming.do you have much problem with the boars gouging sows,mine haven't yet,the have an acre plus to move around,but I have seen sows gouged in barns.is that just from close quarters?
 
Walter Jeffries
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I don't do barns. Probably too close a quarter causing trouble in the confinement operations. We have our pigs out on pasture. No serious gouging problems. Occasional minor gash but sows can do that to each other too. In fact, mostly it is sows leaving bites.
 
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