Saturday, May 7, 2016
Well, Krody it's finally here. The very last blog of the year. Now I hope that my blogs have done two things for you. I hope they have both informed you more about my lifestyle and made you crack a smile or two. This whole blog thing really sucked. It was very hard for me to get used to doing this every week. In fact I even had to set an alarm on my phone just so I would do it. To be completely honest if it wasn't for that reminder on my phone I wouldn't be typing this right now. Ok I'm getting close to 10 sentences, long story short I hated doing thus crap. Blogs suck, however I've probably learned a thing or two. PEACE KRODY!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Everyone is familiar with the idea of falling right off the edge of the earth. Including pigs, When training pigs how to walk or be shown the pigs are often time scared. They are scared of everything from a small bucket in there path to where the gravel turns to grass. Now why would a pig be sacred of such a harmless things. The answer is simple, its all new to them. Think about it, if I am taking a pig out in to the yard for the very first time they are probably going to see things they have never seen before. This is because they have been in a pen all there life. Often times after the pigs get used to the outdoors and do not act like the grass is then edge of the earth they will take off running as soon as I open the pen. This is because they start to feel comfortable with there soundings. Unlike before when they were being introduced to things for the very first time. It is just like teaching little kids things, they are scared at first and do not want to go out of there comfort zone. however, once they get out of there comfort zone they usually enjoy it just like a pig enjoys being walked.
Friday, April 22, 2016
In the pork industry today confinement housing is very hot topic. Animal rights activists believe that it is inhuman to house swine in confinement. Well I am here to prove them wrong. From an animal welfare point of view the confinement housing is great. Lets looks at what makes confinement housing so great. In confinement pigs are put into a pen with a slatted floor for the waste to be collected. They are provided with all the feed they want, a climate controlled barn, and a clean reliable water source. The only real issue with confinement is that some farmers over crowd pens. over crowding pens is an issue because it leads to injury. Other than that confinement housing great for the swine. Animal rights activist are just hypocrites.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The influence of livestock on children is extremely beneficial. Growing up on a hog farm I have learned so many life lessens. The main thing I've learned was responsibility. On the farm i have had the responsibility of taking care of my own showpigs since a young age. I feed, and walk pigs in the morning and evening, wash or rinse pigs, and clean pens daily. My parents even left me with the responsibility of the whole entire farm for a week while they were in Hawaii. The farm has also taught me valuable lessons with work ethics. When you go to do a job on the farm you do it to your best ability or you are going to have to do it again. I have to work long hours and I know that there is no getting out of it, eventually you just get uses to it. With livestock not doing something is not an option. If you do not take care of the livestock the livestock die.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
So it's beginning to be an issue writing a blog about something different every week. I'm just going to tell you more stories. So once apon a time (about a month or two) on a hog farm near by there was a handsome, young, muscular boy working extremely hard to make his show hogs known. It was time to process litters on the farm and the handsome, young, muscular boy asked his beautiful, young girlfriend. The beautiful, young girlfriend agreed to help the handsome, young, muscular boy after a little convincing. the two of them get to the farrowing house and begin getting things ready to process the litters. The beautiful, young girlfriend begins asking question and the handsome, young, muscular boy answers her truthfully because he is a honest young boy. She asks all about pigs and questions everything they are doing while the boy happily answers her, and explains everything. As the two were processing the litters the girl which was holding the pigs began getting blood, poop, pee, and wound spray all over her. The pigs even left bruises all over her. All in all I believe the beautiful, young girlfriend had fun even tho she looked like she had be brutally murdering people for the last hour and a half. The End, they lived happily ever after. Well up to this point at least.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Confinement housing is one of the most controversial topics in the swine industry. Even though putting pigs in a building with concert slatted floors sounds bad. However, these houses are not as bad as they sound. These Confinement houses are actually the best fitted environment for a market pig. Confinement housing allows pigs to have all the feed and clean water needed and they do not have to very far at all. These houses also give a nice climate controlled barn to sleep in. These barns are the perfect place for fat hogs to grow and be healthy. Health is probably the biggest reason we raise hogs in confinement. In the barn made up of many pens it is a lot easier to manage the health of the pigs. Imagine trying to monitor the health of over 5,000 head of market hogs on a 300 acer farm compared to a large barn filled with pens. It would be impossible to do that without confinement housing.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Artificial insemination or AI is a artificial form of breeding stock. The reason we AI instead of naturally breeding pigs is because sometimes keeping a boar around is a challenge. Boars are mean animals that and very big and hard to keep contained in a pen. Another reason is with AI you can add in different genetics without spending money on a new pig you can just buy seamen. The way the AI process works is like such. When a gilt or sow is in standing heat you would apply back presser to stimulate the breeding process. once you do that you insert the AI straw at a upward motion then flatten it out. you push it in till it reaches the cervix. You then take the cap off of seamen bottle and put it in the seamen straw. Once to put it in the straw just squeeze all the seamen in and take it out genitally. then light two cigarettes and give one to the pig, then smoke the other.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Living on a hog farm I have had many funny things happen to me. For instance once while castrating pigs we had our new foreign exchange student Christian come down to the barn and help us. When castrating I set in a chair and hold the young pig on its back between my legs and I hold the pigs legs still with my hands while my dad dose the castration. Well you want to be as fast as possible so it dose not overly stress the pig. Once my dad makes the first incision and pulls the testicle out he needs to get ride of it so he can get to the next one. You can not just let the testicle drop into the pen because other pigs in the pen might get it. So dad just tosses it out of the pen into the alley way then we go through and pick them all up afterwards. Sometimes however the testicles stick to the side of the wall. Well we were doing the very first pig and Christian was watching, dad cut out the testicle and gave it a toss. It stuck to the wall and I looked up at Christians face to see his reaction and he was dumb founded, jaw dropped eyes wide open in awh. I just could not help but laugh. And that is how we scared him for life.
Friday, March 4, 2016
So you already know that there are barrows and gilts. Well when feeding them you water to achieved different goals for each. When feeding gilts you want them to be powerful but also have a good amount of condition. When feeding barrows we want them to have a lot of muscle. When feeding gilts you usually give them a feed with low protein. You also use additives like fat to get the cover you want. When feeding a barrow you feed them a higher protein feed. With paylean in it to add muscle. If you follow these simple things when feeding show pigs you should be okay.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Gestation crates are quite possibly the most controversial subject in the swine industry. While some swine breeders and large operation farms consider them valuable to the process, organizations such as PETA deem them inadequate for living. Gestation crates are used on farms of a larger scale to hold a sow for basically their entire lives, with the exception of farrowing times. These crates do not allow the sows to turn around but they are fed and watered appropriately. Is this a serious animal ethics violation? Some companies have already taken a side in the fight against gestation crates such as Tyson and Smithfield Foods who is removing gestation crates from their farms. People across America are joining in this as well, and choosing a side. Although these crates may seem inhumane, the only other option would be group housing. Group housing would be a large hut containing probably hundreds if not thousands of sow all together. From first hand experience I've seen how a sow hierarchy works and it is vicious. Having that many Alpha's together is asking for trouble. The spread of disease would be much more prominent, it would make breeding more difficult through a stress filled environment, and the pigs would maul each other. The argument could be made that the gestation crates just keep them safe, and run an efficient factory that is feeding our world.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The National Swine Registry (NSR) has four breeds in it. The breeds are Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc, and Landrace. Yorkshires are all white pigs with erect ears. York's are known for there mothering and growth ability. Hampshire's are black pigs with a white belt that must go all the way around there shoulders and erect ears. Hamp's are known for there durability and great carcass. Duroc's are red pigs with flop ears. Duroc's are known for durability, growth, and muscle. Landrace are white pigs with big flop ears. Landrace are known for their mothering and birthing ability's. The NSR breeds are my favorite breeds.
Friday, January 22, 2016
So you already know how the order of the pig show go's. Well I didn't add a couple of things. When you first show up at the show and you unload all your tack and pigs you have to weigh and enter the pigs into the show. This is how we put the pigs into the classes I was talking about last week. The pigs are weighed if needed or you just take the purebreds registration papers up to the registration desk with your money. From there you enter the pigs that need are shown by weight then you enter your purebreds by the age and bred. Each breed has a different paper for there breed, and on that paper it tells you who there mother and father are as well as there age and other things. Theres two main groups that register purebred pigs. The four main breeds are grouped together in somthing called The National Swine Registry. The breeds in the National Swine Registry are Yorkshire, Hampshire, Duroc, and Landrace. The Other group is called Team Purebred and they deal with all the other breeds such as Berkshire, Spot, Poland China, Chester, Tamworth, Hereford, and other miscellaneous breeds. Once you have entered your pigs and paid you are all set.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
When I go to these pig shows we show the pigs by breed, sex, age, and weight. For barrows or male pigs without testicles we show them by breed and with in the breed we show them by weight. For gilts or female pigs that have not had any offspring we show them by breed, and age with in the breed with one exception. Crossbred gilts are not shown by age they are shown by weight like the barrows. If we are showing boars or male pigs with testicles then we show them by breed and age with one exception. Crossbreed boars are shown by weight just like the barrows and crossbreed gilts. At most shows they have classes for each breed then the first place pigs out of each class shows for champion of the breed. They pick a champion out of the first place pigs. After that the second place pig out of the class the champion was in comes in the ring so it has a chance at reserve champion breed. We do this for each breed including crossbreeds. Once we pick a champion and reserve for each breed then they all show together for champion overall. Just like breed champions once a breed champion is chosen then the reserve comes in the ring to have a chance. They do this until theirs a top five overall. This is done for barrows, gilts, and boars.
Friday, January 8, 2016
When most people hear me talk about my show pigs they probably think I'm talking about little tea cup pigs that I dress up and make run around an obstacle coarse like dogs. This assumption is very wrong. Showings are just like regular pigs you see on a farm that gets turned into your bacon and sausage you eat for breakfast everyday. But with a little twist. The twist is that we raise these pigs for the soul purpose of being shown around the United States. What sets show pigs apart from regular commercial pigs is. Many people put a lot of work in to make a show pig look like a show pig and there's a lot more time involved with breeding them. We breed these show pigs to look like the desired show pig look at the time. We do this by breeding one show pig with a certain trait or traits that we desire to another show pig with different traits or the same traits to try and make the perfect show pig that will win on show day. Winning is what its all about.