Book 3 - Moving on











  • Pork


    A ‘Stag’ is a boar that was castrated when it was older, a barrow is a boar that was castrated at a younger age, like before puberty.

    The Large Black stag ready to ‘meat’ the neighbors...


    We filled a few freezers, and had a fun couple days, cutting, wrapping, grinding, wrapping... and NO boar taint at all!

  • Blackie
  • Show Pig Weights
  • Dancer - Take 2
  • Paranoia
  • Litter 2 Data
  • Weaning
  • Fertility Clinic









Litter 2 - DOB September 19th, 2012

Litter notes

Litter 2 notes - Dancer had the first piglet at about 2:30 on Sept 19th, 2012 and had the last one over night sometime. There were 13 live piglets born, and all made it through the first day. Dancer was very tired, and I gave her a few baby breaks, removing them from her for about an hour at a time so she could rest, eat and drink some water and try to recover some milk production. She has 12 functioning teats, but I am not sure how much they all make, some might not do so well, so all the piglets rotate through, some sleeping, some eating, and it makes for an extended feeding time, sometimes hours before they are all satisfied. I saw only once on day 2 (the 20th) where they were all sleeping, except when I pulled them away. On the evening of the 23rd I could no longer convince Dancer to come into the shed to feed her piglets. I had to put them out in the pen. The only problem with that was I did not have the pen sealed enough for that small of piglets. I watched them until 10:30 and guided the few that wandered of too far. They all piled up into a pile and I left them to mom. She did nothing to help or deter me, she just layed there on her belly and watched. I tied up the dog to keep her from getting any strays. I hope this isn't another fatal error. I will check every couple hours just incase. All was well, at day 9 all still alive. 2 are to be sold tomorrow, maybe.  By week 2 I can open the gates in the shed to let the piglets into the large room for extra milk and starter pellets. They come charging across and scarf for a few minutes and race back. I have to be sure Dancer is occupied so she won't come through as well. Sometimes 3 (the same 3 each time) of the piglets don't want to come. I only make them come up on Wednesdays for checkups. I look for injuries, check weight, condition, and give them a quick 1-10 score.


9-21-2012 scoring results as of day 2 - I scored the litter on day 2 according to weight, and gain and body condition and conformity. It was a rough guess as to what they looked like they could be. The top 5 females were in this order #13, #8, #9, #2, #10, top 4 males were #7, #4, #3, #5. Over all order 13 -7 - 8 - 9 - 4 -2 - 3 - 5 - 10 - 11 - 6 - 1 - 12.


9-28-2012 scoring results as of week 1 - I scored Week 1 on weight gain from birth weight, teat count, and day 2 results. (Later, #1 will move into the breeder list due a miscount of teats). Top 5 females (adjusted after the fact)- #1, #8, #13, #9, #11 Top 4 males #4, #5, #3, #7. Complete lineup order is (was) 8 - 4 - 13 - 5 - 9 - 3 - 11 - 7 - 2 - 6 - 10 - 1 - 12. Number's 1 and 12 are at the end due strickly to teat count; otherwise #1 would be on top as far as weight gain and condition. As of this time the females to save should definately include #'s 8, 13, 9, 2 and either 10 or 11. The 3 males to save are #'s 4, 5, 3. These are very sketchy results at week 1, mostly something to look back on an compare to the end results at weaning.


9-29-2012 - Storm came through last night, lots of rain and wind and it got cool. #7 did not make it. #13 is liming on 2 legs, her left front and right hind legs. We took her to the vet and they said she most likely had an infection in her joints. They gave her a shot and gave us 2 to give her tomorrow and Mon. So, that takes out the top 2 contenders for this litter's gilts. We had arranged to sell 2 of the lesser females to a couple and their kids, and #1 was on the unregistrable list due to having 10 teats. We counted her again, she has 12. I must have missed 2 when she was born and I counted. SO, that puts #1 as, #1 on the breeder list! We sold #6 and #10 to Holly Tegeler-Morgan and family.


10-3-2012 - 2 piglets are under health watch, number 13 and number 3. 13 is still limping after care for joint infection. 3 was injured by possibly getting stepped on, but is just an ugly superficial wound. Both were given antibiotics. The 5 star females at this point are #'s 1, 8, 9, 2, 11  and the 3 star males are #'s 4, 3, 5. The entire order of the litter is  1-8-4-9-2-3-5-11-13-12. If 13 recovers, she will most likley rise in rank. The 2 on the meat list at this point are #12-m, and #13-F. # 1 is accelerating her weight gain over birth. #2 had a fantastic week 2 catching up to the current weight of #1 after a mediocre week 1. Numbers 2, 3, and 8 all seem to not come to the milk replacer, they try to stay with mom more.


10-7-2012 - A Weather front came in, temps dropped to around 60 with a cool North breeze. Went to feed this morning and all 10 piglets were quite eager to get some milk replacer and they all were eating starter pellets very well. While they were getting a little warm indoor time I fed the rest of the hogs and then spent some time watching and deciding which I liked for breeders and which I liked for meaters. In the females I see 4 super girls and a very good girl, in order 8, 1, 2, 9, 11. The one that seems to not make the grade is 13 after her problem with her joints. In the males the best are 3, 4, and 5 in that order, 12 is the runt. If there is to be 2 boars kept, it would have to be #'s 3 and 4. I might keep 5 to grow to a breeder to sell as an individual. This would give me 2 growers for meat. The litter in order total scores are 8, 9, 3, 2, 3, 13, 1, 5, 11, 12. #1 is falsly low due to the original teat count being incorrect, she should be 2nd on the list.


10-20-2012  - All 9 are doing great, eating well, and seem healthy. I have weaned in stages up to now. 4 of the largest gilts were weaned first at 3 weeks 2 days, #'s 1, 2, 8, and 9. 2 boars were just beginning to be weaned yesterday, #'s 3 and 4. Dancer is left with 3 piglets now, #'s 5, 11, and 13. Dancer was looking pretty full of milk last night, and I will see what she looks like this morning. I don't want to pull too many off of her at once and cause her to go dry.


11-1-2012 - All are weaned, and Dancer is dried up. Dancer has been in estrus, and I am waiting to re-breed her for an April farrowing. I will turn the litter back with her in a couple days, when she is out of heat, and number 3 gets a little more healed after getting castrated. All the piglets seem healthy and very active.

Dam Notes

Dancer looks to have plenty milk, although the piglets come to the feeder when I put in milk replacer. I am giving replacer about 3 times a day, about a quart with 10 babies after week 1. Dancer is a little cantankerous, and has snapped at me a couple times. She has stepped on a couple piglets, but with no lasting effects. There is one I found (10-1-2012) that is going to the vet for a cut in it's side, probably from being stepped on. He got a shot of Penicilin and should heal fine. Dancer is eating about double what I am giving Red and Daddy O, maybe more. I also started adding a half cup of calf manna to her feed in the AM, as well as a Centrum Silver for women over 50. After weaning, I still have Dancer on increased rations, to get her back in good condition. She will be put with the boar at the first of the year, for an April farrowing, to try to miss the spring storms.