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what breed?

Discussion in 'Breeds & Breeding - Pigs' started by brittanymullin, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. Aug 3, 2016
    brittanymullin

    brittanymullin Exploring the pasture

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    The black sow is a pot belly. We were told the 2 boars are hampshire but just found out they aren't do you know what breed they are? Am I able to breed them?
     

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    mysunwolf

    mysunwolf True BYH Addict

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    Are the boars Yorkshires?

    If the males are any kind of large breed hog, I personally would not risk that breeding, although I know people who have done so with mixed results. The major concerns for me would be having two uncastrated males that are a larger breed harassing your smaller potbelly and mounting her as they all begin to mature, plus the possibility of her getting bred too young.

    And correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like your female is still a gilt :) A sow is an adult female that's had piglets (farrowed).

    Your piggies are adorable, by the way.
     
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    Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Loving the herd life

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    Yorkshire are white. They don't fair the sun very well. They burn badly.
    I breed Hampshire & this is what they look like..
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    This litter was actually a cross. Hampshire Sow/Berkshire Boar. Hampshire is always more predominant as far as the markings go. Hampshire will have 2 white front legs that connect with a band over their shoulders. Even crosses.

    Your Boars looks York. Your Gilt looks potbelly.
    Your boars can become 250# in less than 6 mo. Depending on diet. How old are they right now?

    Nutrition can be altered resulting in growth control if you decide to take that route. We had a young lady purchase a Gloucestershire Old Spot piglet from us a couple years ago. It was a little runted and she wanted a pet so a perfect match. She rationed its food and kept the desired size. She sends us pics here and there with it wearing sweaters and hats.

    If you raise feeder pigs you feed freewill 16% for maximum growth. For management, 11% w/limited meal time.
    Takes dedication to the program on your part. Never deviate from the diet.
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