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  • Joined Aug 2021
Sow for slaughter after one litter?
« on: August 03, 2021, 07:15:04 am »
I bought a gilt the other day, about 2 months old, a landrace X. Your regular long nosed  pink pig! I have only had Kune X OSB before and we processed the boars at 7 months. I had planned to process this new gilt at 6/7 months too but now I'm wondering if I should get a litter out of her before slaughter. But how would that affect the meat, would it be much the same as long as I don't let her get too old? We have a boar so I'm assuming she would become pregnant around 8 months(?) Any thoughts?
I did buy her to fatten so don't want to screw that up.
Fairly new y smallholding so advice is appreciated!


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Sow for slaughter after one litter?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2021, 12:04:36 pm »
She will become pregnant at 6 months unless you are keeping the boar separate ;)

Personally I would be extremely happy with pork, bacon and sausages off a 15-16 month old sow (breed at 8-9 months, 4 months less a week in pig, wean at 8 weeks, 3-4 weeks to regain condition), but two things. 

  • Are you planning on eating all the meat yourself or selling some?  If the latter, your customers may not be so happy with meat from an older animal.
  • Check with your abattoir the maximum pig size they can handle.  Some can't manage full grown sows (need a bigger vat for boiling skin to remove hair, etc.)
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cows (rearing their own calves for beef), pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing


  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Sow for slaughter after one litter?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2021, 10:25:20 am »
Before you breed from any pig you should be certain that it is fit to breed from. The important thing being that it has a good underline. At least 14 evenly spaced teats and not dummies to feed a litter.

Next that you have the facilities to farrow down and then that you have an outlet for the weaners.

You normally farrow a pig down at around 12 months of age.

After that yes you can do pork joints but everything will be bigger than taking a pig to slaughter as prime pork.

As SiN says around 6 months of age and sometimes earlier they will start cycling. Farrowing too soon and gilts can be poor mothers and lose a lot of condition when feeding a big litter or hungry piglets.


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