Managing Swine Reproduction
The boars lack libido, and are not as fertile as those not prone to PSS. Swine producers axe most concerned about the size of litters farrowed and weaned. Boars should be rotated about every two or three days, and boar exposure should be started about two weeks before gilts are to be relocated to the breeding facilities. MANAGING BOARS Boars have greater influence than sows on the average size of litters because each boar sires many more pigs than are farrowed by any one sow or gilt to which the boar has been mated. Because all females should be bred at least twice, mature boars could be used twice daily, and young boars no more than once daily.
Because of the rather precarious mating position, slippery floors in the breeding area can cause injury or distract the boar’s attention, and can quickly discourage even the most aggressive boar. For optimal breeding performance, mature boars should not be used for natural service more than twice daily; young boars should be used less often. IDENTIFYING INFERTILE BOAR Swine producers must deal almost continually with disease outbreaks, maintaining broken or old equipment, changing swine diets, etc. If a red gilt is bred to a white boar and a black boar within a short time, the color ratio of the offspring will reveal which sire was most fertile. All new boars and many older boars should be tested as soon as possible, especially during periods when breeding performance is normally low.
Boar numbers can be reduced significantly, and more superior boars can be purchased for the same cost as a larger number of inferior boars. Check boars for heat stress that may have occurred during the preceding five to seven weeks if boars were once fertile. The same boar may be mated to the same sow a second time, and other sows may be bred to that boar.
10 Common Misconceptions About Animals
There are certain animal facts that everyone seems to know. There are a lot of widely believed animal facts that aren’t all that factual. Animal scientists, on the other hand, would rank sheep just below pigs, rodents, and monkeys. Recent studies have found that they’re of fairly average intelligence among farm animals. They actually learn quite quickly and can adapt to changing circumstances, create mental maps of their environment, and possibly even plan ahead.
It’s not advanced calculus, but for an animal that’s thought to be a total numbskull, it’s a decent effort. Sure, an animal that spends most of its time rolling in its own feces probably won’t be the next Einstein, but most people don’t realize that pigs are more intelligent than they look. The pigs are showing a theory of mind-that is, the ability to understand what other animals are thinking or desiring, a talent previously observed only in chimpanzees and dogs. Of course animals understand death: they have to protect themselves and their young, and many of them kill other animals for food. Either animals are more like humans than we thought, or we humans are more like animals than we thought.
Animal sex is all just-the-business, ma’am; no pleasure. That goes double for animals that really pump out the babies, like rabbits and mice. Both of those animals are surprisingly poetic when it comes to love-making: they even sing a kind of song as part of their mating rituals.
Cost of a Teacup Pig
Typical costs:There are dozens of miniature pig breeders who advertise pigs with a wide variety of names: miniature, micro, nano, mini or teacup. The pigs advertised from these breeders typically cost $700-$1,500, and most breeders require a $100-$250 deposit on the piglets. Breeders sell pot-bellied pigs for $600-$800 and will provide registration, vaccination records, and spay or neuter the pig. Breeders also often spend time socializing the pig, familiarizing it with human interactions and potty-training the pig. Pig sanctuaries and rescue groups adopt pigs to prospective owners for significantly less than breeders.
Vegas Pig Pets, a pig sanctuary in Nevada, charges $100 for adults and $150 for piglets. Neutering or spaying a potbellied pig typically costs $300-$500.What should be included:The potbellied pig should come with registration and vaccination records, Most pigs also are delivered to their owners already spayed or neutered. Additional costs:Care and feeding of a potbellied pig costs $20-$60 per month, depending on the size of the pig. Healthy Pigs sells a variety of pig feeds made specifically for potbellied pigs. Discounts:The North American Potbellied Pig Association has a voucher program to help pay for spaying and neutering of pet pigs.
The voucher program pays for up to $50 toward spay or neuter of the pig. Shopping for a teacup pig:Prospective pig owners should be wary of unscrupulous breeders.
Guinea Pig Health Tips
Guinea Pigs living in the wild quickly learned for survival, not to look sick or vulnerable, as this was sure to mean an early death to them. If you are a cavy owner you will want to make sure that your aware of this behavior and monitor your guinea pigs’ health. If your piggy does not do this when he sees you and he has done this in the past, then chances are your guinea pig is not feeling well. Nose: Something else to check when grooming your pet is his nostrils and nose area. Check their ears carefully for cuts, scrapes or abrasions.
Stomach: If you notice that your cavy has been spending a lot of time laying on his bedding then you need to check his stomach for signs of blistering, very similar to a diaper rash in babies. Check for signs of swelling in the anal area or if they have larger than normal stools, you need to immediately take them to the veterinarian for treatment. If left to long it can make your guinea pig clumsy and will make him have a hard time maneuvering about. Weight: It is important to keep a check on your guinea pigs weight. If not gaining or you see that they are losing weight they need to seek immediate attention from the veterinarian.
For older guinea pigs this does still need to be checked about once a week. Jodi Adams is a pet hobbyist that enjoys writing and sharing information about guinea pigs.