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egglady

  • Joined Jun 2009
Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:41:24 pm »
does anyone have any or know of anyone with some?

maybe 4.

Fife, but can travel a bit for them.

thanks
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Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 09:44:21 pm »
What breed you are looking for?
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egglady

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 09:52:08 pm »
not decided yet.  we've had berkshires (loved them) and tammies (fatty), maybe GOS or something like that next time round - open to offers and prices!

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 09:59:19 pm »
Have you ever considered Kunekunes - they will need to be kept until about 10 months of age to reach a decent weight (just about ready for Christmas  ;) )  but, this time of year will require very little feed if you've got grazing.  Sorry can't resist plugging Kunes  ;D

If you're looking for different breeds - try the SPKA website www.scottishpigs.co.uk & you can see the different breed specialists in Scotland.

 :love: :pig: :love:
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egglady

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 10:32:59 pm »
do you have kunes then?  i do like the sound of them but not sure how big they get to?  and never realised that grass would be enough - no concentrates?

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
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    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 07:03:35 pm »
You've guessed it  ;)

They grow to about 24-30 inches in height - the average of mine is about 25 inches though & my heaviest gilt is about 105 kilos - well, she was until she went down to Happy Hippy to meet her boyfriend in March  ;) ;D  she'll be coming back with a new "slimline & fit mummy to be" look  ;) She was too tall for my young stud boars at the time, but they've been busy on the girls back at home  :D
I also have an older castrate who keeps one of the stud boars company, he's fully grown at 29 inches & 108 kilos.

So they don't get HUGE, but they are so easy to keep - they are really friendly & docile - love tummy tickes (roll over & go to sleep - useful if you need to inject/trim feet/ear tag etc), you can make real "pets" out of them - teach them to sit for a treat.  But yes, while the grass is growing during the spring/summer/early autumn the adults don't need concentrates - unless they are in the last stages of pregnancy & lactating.  I do give mine a couple of handfuls a day or the odd bit of veg/fruit or a couple of slices of bread, but that is more to encourage them to come "to call" so they can be checked-over every day.  They also get their wormer powders in a jam sandwich (no waste, no mess & they each get the correct dosage).

Even the boars are easy to handle - aggression is not tolerated in the breed (sausages for ANYONE showing that trait ;) ) They need about an acre of grazing to 6 Kunes, so you can divide it up (we use electric horse tape on a battery powered energiser) so you can rest the grazing on rotation if you are relying on grass only, obviously less if your going to feed them.
As you can tell - I  :love: my KKs
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patchy1990

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011, 07:10:47 pm »
Must agree Kunekunes are definitely a breed to keep! And very cheap!

HappyHippy

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Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 10:44:48 pm »
I'll add another vote for the KK's  ;) ;D ;D ;D
I'd always say to give a wee bit of hard feed (about 1lb per day) just to make sure they're getting all the vitamins and minerals for growth, but other than that plenty of grass and a bit of fruit & veg and they'll do great.
I'm down Lanark way, don't have any for sale at the moment (unless you want a couple of halfway grown ones - should be ready for slaughter late summer/early Autum ?) but you're more than welcome to come and visit and see them from piglet size (7 weeks old) right up to 3 years old (fully grown) and find out a wee bit more about them.
Just pm me if you're interested and I can give you directions.
Karen x

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
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Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011, 10:50:26 pm »
Happy Anniversay Karen & Bruce  :bouquet:

Gotcha  ;)
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HappyHippy

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Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011, 10:52:06 pm »
Thank you  :-* :-* :-*
Had a lovely dinner and a wee glass of vino, all is well in Happy Hippy's world  ;) ;D

pink

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 12:17:46 pm »
I have some saddleback's not weaned yet but will be fairly soon.
I am needing to get some away as I need the space.
They are pedigree and nice strong piglets that in the past produce great pork and bacon.

Mr Pig

  • Joined Mar 2009
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2011, 02:16:47 pm »
There seems to be a bit of a red herring going on here. If you're not keeping pigs for breeding but fattening, then - Kune Kune's notwithstanding - they will all be around the same size when you send them to slaughter at 65-75kg l/w anyway so the potential size seems to be irrelevant!


HappyHippy

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Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 04:14:19 pm »
Yes, my KK gilts/uncastrated boars would probably reach 70Kg + by around 8 months, so a wee bit longer than the standard 6 months, but with the savings on hard feeding it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, as they say  ;) Plus you have the added advantage of incredibly friendly and easily managed piggies with KK's. (Not that other breeds aren't friendly and okay to keep too  ;) obviously - you get back what you put in to them :) but there's none with as nice a character as a Kune Kune. Biased ? Me ? Never  ::) ;D ;D ;D

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
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    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2011, 05:10:57 pm »
Asif  ;) ;D
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egglady

  • Joined Jun 2009
Re: Might be looking for a few weaners soon
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2011, 07:47:04 pm »
folks this is a HUGELY helpful thread so I thank you all very much indeed for it.

Not that it helps with my decisions as to what is the best for us :(

can anyone PM with prices please as I have a sneaky suspicion that that, more than what are best, might be the deciding factor.

thanks again

 

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