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Old 01-07-2015, 12:39 PM   #101
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Just before Christmas we took 4 pigs to the processor. They were the first group to go after two full years of effort! We hope we will be taking 3-5 every 3-4 months from now on. That's a huge milestone. We have a waiting list and have no problem selling them. What a relief.

Yesterday, Gabby farrowed 7 gilts and 1 boar as best as I can tell. She's got them buried in a mountain of hay. Today's high is predicted to be around 26 brrr. Gabby is a good mom and we know she will do her best to keep them safe and warm

We have 4 roasters that will go to the processor in April and only two that will go in July. There are actually 4 of that age in the garden weanling rotation but one is a Berkshire we're bringing in as a breeder and one is slated for a pig roast. That group is the one hit hard by the dog attacks. Then there's Delilah, the bottle baby in the house. We sure will be glad when she changes her address We have a lot of time and money invested in her and will negotiate for breeding rights. She has a very nice conformation and if crossed with Berkshire should throw some nice pigs.

We pretty happy with the situation and feel like we're finally starting to get our feet back on the ground.
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:32 PM   #102
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This is a video produced in the 50's. Its amazing the difference between the way commercial farms were then and now. We have gotten a lot of good ideas from this! What's old is new again. It's no wonder we remember when pork tasted like pork should taste and why. To me modern, lean, 'the other white meat' tastes like cardboard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9X6g6nBVms#t=16
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Informative article on feeding sorghum to pigs:

http://www.wattagnet.com/articles/18...mportant-again

We are currently growing some in our demo garden and it has come in handy as a feed supplement. I didn't know about the tannin factor but I have read that sorghum under stress produces Prussic acid. Actually, its just after stress (drought) that the plant produces Hydrogen Cyanide aka Prussic Acid.

http://beef.osu.edu/library/prussic.html
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https://dhn-hes.ca.uky.edu/content/h...carcass-yields

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Seven piglets from each of the eight breeds in this study were transported to Berea College from various sources and grown out on pasture to market weight. The 1.5 acre pasture consisted primarily of fescue with some other grasses and broadleaf weeds present. Three hoop shelters with deep bedding and one shade tree provided protection from sun, wind, and rain. Free-choice feed, consisting of ground corn, soybean, and Fertrell swine premix, and water were available at all times. They were harvested and processed in three groups based on when they achieved market weight and a slot was available at the University of Kentucky meats lab
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Today is going to be a hard day I'm afraid. Petunia (one of my registered sows) is down and it doesn't look good. She's been losing weight and no matter how I've tried to manage it she has just gradually declined. I strongly suspect she's eaten something (baling twine comes to mind as a possibility) that has interfered with her ability to digest. It's not a parasite issue. So now comes big decision time, the heartbreak of farming.
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Not much to be done in that case, is there? If twere done then best done quickly.
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She made it through the day. I was able to separate her from the rest of the herd and she spent the day in a good spot with some sunshine. The mules and I checked on her often. I rubbed her belly and could feel some hard areas so I massaged them a bit. This afternoon she rallied a bit and I got her some food. A short time later she let me help her to her feet so we stood awhile and she ate some more. I've moved her to the mushroom yard and see how she does. At the moment, I'm cautiously hopeful.
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I'm keeping all my digits crossed for Petunia. It's beyond my belief how attached we get to our creatures - no matter what they are.
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Maybe she's trying to pass it?

Have you considered mineral oil?
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How about a couple of tubes of Hair Ball meds? Worked with a dog that ate something bad.
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Here's a bid dose of hope for Petunia to continue to improve.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:21 AM   #112
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Thank you for your thoughts and suggestions. Petunia lost her battle. Bless her sweet heart.
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