I have weaned my pigs about a week ago. when should I breed back my sows? Do they need a certain amount of time to rest and dry up?
Thanks for any advice.
Thanks for any advice.
I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen her doing it myself. Now that my sow pen is another twenty feet apart, from the boar, I don't know what to expect from the girls this time. But this time there will be a group of them together. Poor boy might be begging for a cigarette or a night offWanda said:Tango
I had to grin, that is a clasic case of fenceline exposure if ever there was one :haha: That is a very easy way to get a group of sows to come in heat, put them where they can see and smell a boar and they usualy come into heat just like magic!!!!!!!
Hi tinknal. thank you for the information. I didn't know that. But she is still nursing, just not happy about it anymore. Probably soon, but I'll wait until she's dry and has a month or two to recover. I have no doubt she will tell me when she is ready. They are very vocal and insistent about these things Five pounds of feed is double their ration. I feed them that much during gestation and lactation.tinknal said:Tango, you already missed your first chance. Sows come into heat about 3 days after weaning, and most hog farmers breed on this heat. Don't worry, go ahead and breed her on her next heat. Sows tend to grow a lot between weaning and thier next farrowing, so it' actually extends the life of the sow to keep her bred. Only feed about 5 lbs of feed a day during gestation.
Mike, Scratchy is a big mush. I think he'd wet himself presented with so many sows at once :haha: but anyway Itchy is no longer in a pen where she can let herself (or any other sow) out so I sure hope they don't gang up on Scratchy. I haven't made a final decision but I will probably not breed Scratchy again. I've seen four of his litters and a fifth is due in two weeks. He isn't really throwing the traits that I'm looking for in my wild piglets. I am raising a new little boar I will probably not breed all the sows again, at least two are destined for the freezer as soon as they dry up and I am keeping the two typiest gilts to raise for breeders. Itchy is just a precocious girl the others waited for me to make the introductions...Wanda said:Tango
If you have more than one in heat at once you might want to pen breed them one at a time!!The sows can get very agressive and if they cause the boar to fall off when he is coupled it can very easily ruin him for breeding. Trust me this is an experiance you do NOT want to have