Re: [RC] [RC] Quality of Life (legislating and regulating) - Barbara McCrary
Our eldest daughter raised pigs for 4-H projects, and you are right about
the sow lying down an crushing or smothering at least 1/2 of her litter. We
took all kinds of precautions, but never overcame the problem completely.
One sow even ripped open the skin in the flank of one little piglet.
Daughter and I did a suturing job, with a topical anesthetic (for sore
throats), an upholstery needle, and silk thread. It worked. Pigs in the
wild (we've had plenty of them here!) seem to get away with producing 16
piglets and having them all survive.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lisa M Pardus" <bludoglady@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 7:18 PM
Subject: RE: [RC] [RC] Quality of Life (legislating and regulating)
> Right on Steve! You got it! The name of the game is put the family
> farmer out of business as usual! They can't take on Sea World, so the hit
> the little guy! Unfortunately the REASON mother sows are tied or
> otherwise restrained is the high risk of half OR whole litters being
> SMOTHERED by mother pig. How many farmers can stay in business if their
> sows kill half the litter each breeding?
> Can we have a reality check here?
> In His Hands,
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- RE: [RC] [RC] Quality of Life (legislating and regulating), Lisa M Pardus