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Date Posted: 17:22:47 06/10/08 Tue
Author: Daren Wilson / LBs Quail Ranch
Author Host/IP: 65.221.65.57
Subject: Re: Straddle Leggs
In reply to: Natasha 's message, "Re: Straddle Leggs" on 21:24:23 06/09/08 Mon

One of the hardest things with raising any animal is losing one. Especially a young one. I work on a 3200 head breeding hog farm. That's 3200 head of sows that we breed 140 of every week. They produce 9 to 20 young at a time. With these numbers we see A LOT of birth defects. We would see less if there were less sows, but eventually we would see some.

Defects and death are both something that can never be stopped. The only thing we can do is everything in our power to make sure our breeders are not inbreeding and are as healthy and young as possible.

A healthy diet and making sure we dont over work our breeding females is a big key to healthy young in any animal. Altho the UGLY truth is, defects are going to happen. So dont beat yourself up to badly if you did all you can do with your animals.

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