As fair season begins to creep closer here are a couple suggestions we have. First make sure your weighing your pigs. We weigh each Saturday and calculate our averages and our projected target weight based on how many days we have left until our show. As we get closer we weigh everyday. Example:
Pig weight on 6/1/19 weight on 6/8/19 days until fair average daily gain
Faith 188 202 35 2.0 lbs
Based on average daily gain of 2.0 lbs and 35 days until weigh in we can estimate that Faith will gain 70 lbs. Which will make her approximate weight 272 lbs.
After weighing then look at what your feed rations are for each pig and make adjustments as needed. As always contact any of us for suggestions on feed. If you are feeding a conventional lower protein feed I suggest switching to a show feed at this point and making adjustments as needed.
This drastic change in the weather can be problematic for animals. Here are some signs to look for if your pigs are not feeling well. Deep coughing, runny noses, body is hunched, thumping chest or caved in side, tail down, laying off by themselves. Best advice I can give people when you see this is to NOT wait, immediately call a vet and explain what you are seeing. Common treatment for these types of symptoms can vary and pigs (like humans) respond differently to different antibiotics. Diarrhea and loose stool are not uncommon especially when changing protein levels of feed and change in water.
Happy New Year!!! The farrowing house is filling up with sows and gilts and we anxiously anticipating the new arrivals. Yesterday we loaded probably the best Yorkshire female into a crate that we have ever raised. This was my nephew Nolan’s gilt that he was going to show at the MLE last year. She injured her hip in the trailer on the way and he never showed her. We feel she was destined for something bigger. Nolan named her Snow White. Our sale dates for this spring will be March 23rd and April 6th.