Nip or not?

Discussion in 'General Pig Discussion' started by Monty, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Monty

    Monty New Member

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    Has anyone not nipped their piglets teeth?
     
  2. hogg

    hogg New Member

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    I've never nipped and never had a problem

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  3. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    We do not either ...
     
  4. PF

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    I've read if you don't it can hurt the sow. You two never noticed it?

    Interesting, I didn't realize people nipped piglets. A little akin to docking ears.
     
  5. Andi

    Andi New Member

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    My husband and I both agree that Mother Nature knows better than we do ...

    We don't clip teeth or cut tails. (pigs or sheep)
     
  6. hogg

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    I agree with Andi I do clip tails and notch ears but only because the judges at the shows won't consider a pig that hasn't had this done and I sell the majority of my pigs to kids for shows. I would rather not it's a outdated practice but that s what the judges want.

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  7. PF

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    What's the point of clipping ears and tails?
     
  8. hogg

    hogg New Member

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    Clipping the tails is supposed to keep other pigs from chewing on them I guess in supper confined housing this is a problem mine are on pasture though. Notching the ears is done for identification right ear is the litter; left ear is the individual. Its a fairly complex system of numbering though and I have had to show several judges and ag teachers how to read them but they still insist it be done even though they can't read them plastic ear tags make this system illogical.

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  9. PF

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    So ears are like chickens feet? Interesting. Do you have a chart of graph showing the different ways of marking?
     
  10. hogg

    hogg New Member

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    Google pig ear notch chart

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