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.
– The 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.