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Dear New Farm,
My daughter raised pigs for her 4H projects. We had some
very large sows that farrowed lots of baby pigs. At first,
we kept them in pens when they whelped. The sows laid on most
of the piglets within three or four days. We built some farrowing
crates in the barn, and what a big difference! I can't remember
losing any piglets due to the sow laying on them.
We had rubber mats in the crates for the sows to stand and
lay on; these were easily washed off with a water hose. The
sows were kept in these crates for about a week. They didn't
seem to mind being brushed, scratched and fed several times
a day (because we wanted to keep them happy). In my opinion,
it's the only way to whelp and raise pigs.
Thank you for letting me speak out.
Klamath Falls, Oregon