Cows and pigs

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by jackie c, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know which board to ask tis question, so I'll put it in both. Can cows and pigs graze together, or do they need separate pastures?
     
  2. Ronney

    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Hi Jackie,
    Even if you vaccinate both your cattle and pigs for Leptosporosis, it is still advisable to keep them separate. Cattle can pick up Lepto. from pigs, and we pick it up from our cattle. Not a nice disease.

    Also, under no circumstances keep lambing ewes or calving cows in the same paddock as pigs. Pigs are carnivores and are attracted by the smell of blood. More than one farmer has lost lambs and calves to pigs.

    I keep a dedicated paddock for my pigs and if they aren't keeping up with the grass I'll put sheep in with them.

    Hope this is of some help.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     

  3. jackie c

    jackie c Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Ronnie, I appreciate the info. I will keep them separate.