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I was wondering for some time on why my new batch of piglets was kind of odd looking to me, they were short in hight and have a shorter snort but have a long and very muscular body with very minimum fat, because my last batch was crossed with Duroc boars so i call up my supplier, he said he ordered them from a Chiang Mai farm after viewing the stocks...it's crossed with Piétrain boars...i'm amazed that Thailand have Piétrain breed. :o

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I was wondering for some time on why my new batch of piglets was kind of odd looking to me, they were short in hight and have a shorter snort but have a long and very muscular body with very minimum fat, because my last batch was crossed with Duroc boars so i call up my supplier, he said he ordered them from a Chiang Mai farm after viewing the stocks...it's crossed with Piétrain boars...i'm amazed that Thailand have Piétrain breed. :o

RBH

Yep, Pietrain been in Thailand for quite a few years;in-fact, the goverment purchased and imported a number directly from Belgium a few years ago & their destination in Thailand was Chaing Mai, so your current stock is probably descended from those.

Pornchai also has a number of superb stress negative imported Pietrain boars. As a matter of interest how would you rate the temperament of your current Pietrain crosses?

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fruity, compare to my last batch, this batch of Pietrain are so......so.....so...how should i put it...so "user friendly" :lol:

For me, i'm very close to my pigs but this batch is very different, so different from my last batch of Duroc cross which most of them will not let me touch them so much. The Pietrain batch will swarm around me when i enter the sheds like as if they missed me, i use to wear flip flop but now i wear knee-high Wellies because they are biting my legs (nothing serious just playing i think) i can touch them, pet them on the head, scatch their cheeks and stroke their back without them running away.

One thing i notice is they drink lesser water but eat more compare to the Duroc cross. :o

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RBH,

I have Durocs and they are very friendly animals. It's almost a contest to see which one will get the first pat and scratch behind the ear. Makes the cleaning so much easier when the pigs understand what you want to do. I think you get what you give, if they are used to you being in the pen and the routine is regular, they learn the rest.

Then again anything they dont learn you can always beat into them :clap2:

Isaan Aussie

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i would be worried if any of my large animals (i.e. farm animals and includes dogs goats donkeys whatever, and even the occasional rooster) became 'mouthy' with me. usually animals that 'mouth' an other animal or person that is a form of dominance and could also become a bite since animals dont know that humans have thin skin, so even a nip from a horse causes damage. even goats! try to nip (they cant bite really well but they can nip and grab, since they dont have upper teeth but sharp gums) when they are pissed off or want to assert themselves. not sure id want a pig mouthing me, they are heavy, intelligent and can have tempers. i always taught me animals not to 'crowd' me when i go in with food or whatever. they learned to stand back, i could approach them to pet or check, they could approach but not ppush, shove, mouth or butt. anybody thats ever had a large horse rub its forehead on u understands what i mean...

btw, do u give your animasl names? they are meant for food in the end i know but do u just number them or do u name them? wilbur comes to mind...:)

bina

btw, we would name our kids (goat kids not human kids , males that are meant for the table) with food names to differentiate them from the nannies and males that would be sticking around for longer.... t-bone, steak, ribby, makluba (an arab goat meat dish)...

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i would be worried if any of my large animals (i.e. farm animals and includes dogs goats donkeys whatever, and even the occasional rooster) became 'mouthy' with me. usually animals that 'mouth' an other animal or person that is a form of dominance and could also become a bite since animals dont know that humans have thin skin, so even a nip from a horse causes damage. even goats! try to nip (they cant bite really well but they can nip and grab, since they dont have upper teeth but sharp gums) when they are pissed off or want to assert themselves. not sure id want a pig mouthing me, they are heavy, intelligent and can have tempers. i always taught me animals not to 'crowd' me when i go in with food or whatever. they learned to stand back, i could approach them to pet or check, they could approach but not ppush, shove, mouth or butt. anybody thats ever had a large horse rub its forehead on u understands what i mean...

btw, do u give your animasl names? they are meant for food in the end i know but do u just number them or do u name them? wilbur comes to mind...:)

bina

btw, we would name our kids (goat kids not human kids , males that are meant for the table) with food names to differentiate them from the nannies and males that would be sticking around for longer.... t-bone, steak, ribby, makluba (an arab goat meat dish)...

Maybe I am unique, maybe stupid, but onething to me is sure. Pigs are different. I have never had dealings with an animal like a pig before. They think like us. As Fruity quotes W.Churchill, they treat us as equals. The pigs I like, like me. Go figure?

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stupid you arent.

but particulary scary if u feel that pigs think like u, or u think like pigs. what does that say about me and my absolute fascination and love for goats (including as bbq)?

bina

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stupid you arent.

but particulary scary if u feel that pigs think like u, or u think like pigs. what does that say about me and my absolute fascination and love for goats (including as bbq)?

bina

I think it says you are a well balanced individual. I enjoy working with my pigs, but it is after all work, a business and their purpose is to supply us with a living. The balance is we treat them well. As for goats, no idea, but if you find yourself eating thorns then perhaps it istime for a holiday.

Isaan Aussie

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A more serious pig topic, PRRS. Like it or not it is upon us. For those like me who dont know enough about this disease I suggest reading the article in the following link. It is in language non-clinical people like me can understand.

http://www.oie.int/d...eb_bulletin.pdf

Good luck to all of us and our pigs.

Isaan Aussie

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IA...i really wish you repost the "String-a-pig" weight approximator system here...to be part of Pig101...

As per my humble request. Thanks. :)

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IA...i really wish you repost the "String-a-pig" weight approximator system here...to be part of Pig101...

As per my humble request. Thanks. :)

OK here is a modified version of the weight estimator. There are two of the many ways to do it which produce slightly different results. The first method requires the length and girth to be measured, the second method only the girth. I find the body length of pigs varies so I tend to use Method 1. I have also updated to using a tailors tape.

To use the excel sheet attached simply replace the example numbers in the green shaded boxes with your results.

Thaivisa Pig weight estimation.xls

Isaan Aussie

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I was told yesterday that there is a price rise of 20 baht per bag for pig feed due next month.

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Ok Pigsters consider this,

I am a small holding pig farmer like many others. My objectives are not to get rich from pigs but to get comfortable from a range of value added products which relate to an integrated pig farming operation. But as an individual it is difficult to cover as many of the niche opportunities as exist, or to produce the volume necessary to create a significant market base and costing.

How many of you have considered being part of some form of collective marketing operation? Take the opportunity of the reduced returns currently facing us and lets say one main objective of the collective was to achieve a return of 70 baht/kg live weight. How many would be interested in that?

It is my belief that now is the time to strike this opportunity. The niche markets exist and are still too small to warrant interest from the large vertically integrated farming companies. Now is the time for us to vertically integrate for mutual advantage. The options are simply presented by the fall of 10 baht per kilo retail all of which is to be absorbed by the growers, us.

Isaan Aussie

I hasten to add that I would like to talk to anyone who can see this as a positive opportunity. The nay sayers can talk to anyone else they like, under the current circumstances I have little time or patience for negative attitudes.

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Sorry if I do this wrong but it's my first attempt.

I have been a pig farmer for a very short time "June2010" but I've already been thinking on those same lines

Want to try and take iy further??????????????

Ok Pigsters consider this,

I am a small holding pig farmer like many others. My objectives are not to get rich from pigs but to get comfortable from a range of value added products which relate to an integrated pig farming operation. But as an individual it is difficult to cover as many of the niche opportunities as exist, or to produce the volume necessary to create a significant market base and costing.

How many of you have considered being part of some form of collective marketing operation? Take the opportunity of the reduced returns currently facing us and lets say one main objective of the collective was to achieve a return of 70 baht/kg live weight. How many would be interested in that?

It is my belief that now is the time to strike this opportunity. The niche markets exist and are still too small to warrant interest from the large vertically integrated farming companies. Now is the time for us to vertically integrate for mutual advantage. The options are simply presented by the fall of 10 baht per kilo retail all of which is to be absorbed by the growers, us.

Isaan Aussie

I hasten to add that I would like to talk to anyone who can see this as a positive opportunity. The nay sayers can talk to anyone else they like, under the current circumstances I have little time or patience for negative attitudes.

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