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  • Joined Nov 2013
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:01:45 am »
3year old gilts never fallen pregnant.. will they ever?

Fowgill Farm

  • Joined Feb 2009
Re: breeding
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 11:09:02 am »
especially if mating has been already attempted and failed. Its very doubtful, as fat will have developed around their ovaries making them infertile so they're big fat pets or sausages.
Mandy :pig:
ps but never say never a boar might strike lucky.................nothing like livestock for proving you wrong! ;D
« Last Edit: November 05, 2013, 11:10:39 am by Fowgill Farm »


  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: breeding
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 11:49:46 am »
We've got a 2 year old gilt here that's never got in pig. We've kept giving her another chance but it's never going to happen. She's sausages in the next couple of weeks.


  • Guest
Re: breeding
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 01:04:32 pm »
Ditto Mandy & Hughesy - not much chance at all  :(

Berkshire Boy

  • Joined May 2011
  • Presteigne, Powys
Re: breeding
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 04:57:23 pm »
Been there, done it, eaten her. :roflanim:
Everyone makes mistakes as the Dalek said climbing off the dustbin.


  • Joined May 2012
  • Silverton, Devon
  • OSB breeder, but looking into new things.
Re: breeding
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 08:21:32 pm »
I've had two 2 year old gilts who have both had their second litter! But the others are right, your chances are slim, especially if it's been attempted.
Could be interesting to try AI and see if that works!
Oxford Sandy and Black breeder, all sorts if other things around! for more info!

Tudful Tamworths

  • Joined Aug 2009
    • Liz's website
Re: breeding
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2013, 09:32:25 pm »
Have you tried to breed with them and failed, or never attempted anything? If they're virgin pigs, I'd have my doubts about getting them in pig now - but never say never! Pigs are full of surprises.
Author of the Haynes Pig Manual, Haynes Smallholding Manual, and the Haynes Sheep Manual. Three times winner of the Tamworth Champion of Champions. Teaching smallholding courses at Kate Humble's farm:

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: breeding
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2013, 11:48:43 am »
Sell as fat pigs?  They're probably carrying too much fat to be good for your freezer.  Better to get some money back than feed them for a few more months.  Could put the money towards buying a couple of in-pig gilts or in-pig young sows.



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