New Duroc cross litter

Baby Duroc / Blue Butt pigs
New Duroc Cross Babies

We had some new litters on the farm. Our Blue Butt sow, Rufuss, had some great looking little babies.

It was our second litter to be born on pasture this year. All went well and the babies are up and running around.

My concerns with pasture farrowing:

-I can not put a heat light up.

РThe babies are more susceptible  to getting laid on and smothered.

– I have had some babies wander off and succumb to the elements.

Ossabaw Island pigs seem to be more adapted to pasture farrowing. I rarely have a piglet not make it to weaning from my Ossabaw litters.

I wonder if we bred too much mobility out of the more domesticated breeds. I find that they my Duroc, Blue Butt, and Hampshires are less agile around their new litters, and I feel I need to take more precautions when they start to farrow.

 


 

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