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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