Give Your Pigs A Name (Agri Tip No. 14)

KEEPING FARM records is more important than you think. When you have a record of the performance of your farm animals, you will easily know which to cull and to keep.


A friend of mine who runs a small piggery has christened all his 20 sows with names of celebrities. There’s Marilyn, Miriam, Sharon, Pilita and so forth. You see their names prominently displayed in their pens. This is to give them personalized identities, our friend explained. When you do that you can make record keeping more enjoyable and convenient.


He has in fact entered all the pertinent data about each sow in his computer. When you open the record of Marilyn, you will discover what breed she is, her date of birth, first time she was bred, how many piglets she gave in the first farrowing, how many survived, when was it bred again, what medications were given her since she was set aside for breeding, and so forth.


With all the pertinent records about Marilyn, our friend knows if she is a good mother pig. He would know if it would be worthwhile setting aside some of her piglets for breeding. He would also know when to retire her.

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