Check if your sow is pregnant by looking for signs of her coming back into season (about 18-21 days after her last cycle). Pregnant sows will birth 115 days (3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days) after mating, with a range from 110-120 days. Most changes occur in the last four weeks as the udder fills and teats become more prominent. The vulva will get swollen in the days before farrowing and often the abdomen will hang lower as ligaments stretch in preparation. •
Pigs can get lice and internal parasites, especially in the warm, wet conditions of early autumn. Talk to your vet about drenching options. •
Pigs love vegetable and green garden waste but be careful not to feed them poisonous plants (ie, tomato plants). Pigs also love acorns and acorns are said to add flavour to the meat. Make sure other animals don’t get access to the acorns as they can be toxic. Don’t feed green acorns as these can upset a pig’s digestive system.