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  • Last updated: June 6, 2016
  • Latest Reply From: Bryant and Sandy Cochran

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It is very upsetting that this is such a “dead” site…where is all the help or information that is so needed on a breed that is considered…a rare, heritage breed?? We are new members, but sure would like to know reliable, knowledgeable, updating sources as we need….will try emailing individual members in hopes of getting some help, but in the meantime, here is our dilemma.
We had a gilt just farrow 8 piglets (one was still born), leaving 7. The gilt was just under one year, it was her first litter, she had plenty of room, lots of fresh hay and there was a heat light set up. Within 72 hours she has crushed 6 of them, leaving only one survivor. What is going wrong…inexperienced gilt, bad gene line?

Posted: March 26, 2015 #

Frizzled Farm

It sounds like mom has some learning to do herself. Our first litter we build an area for the Piglets to be able to get away when not eating. A farrowing crate with a heat lamp to protect them when they aren’t with mom. As far as the still born that is hard to say with eight piglets it could of been a stress factor with the delivery? or possibly a nutrition factor leading into the birth.

Posted: March 29, 2015 #

Patrick and Catherine Godwin

Only one answer? We are new to this site and just finding our way around.
Our gilt is due to farrow any day…. We are book smart and keeping our fingers crossed. We have also sought information from our breeder. This is what we have done…wish us luck!
-We have a creep with a heat lamp.
-We also plan to train the piggies to the creep.
-We have shavings instead of hay as the piggies can be hard for the sow to spot if the bedding is too thick.

Posted: November 13, 2015 #


I’m sorry about the lack of activity on this site. Most breeders have moved to the AGH Facebook groups. Those are quite active. There will be a breeder’s handbook available, soon, that will also be of help to new breeders.
First time gilts sometimes have difficulties, due to inexperience. They usually do much better with the second litter. I am wishing you luck with this litter!

Posted: November 16, 2015 #

Bryant and Sandy Cochran

We are going to be building two farrowing huts before the end of May, when our new litters are due. Both sows are having their first litters and the huts are more to protect the piglets than for cover for mom. These are going to be A frame huts with a 35 degree roof angle which will give the babies plenty of room to avoid mom. We were advised to do this construction by a hog raising friend of mine, he has a herd of 300 pigs and been at it for many years, I trust his advice on pasture size, frequency of rotation and housing. He does not raise AGH hogs though but as he told me ” Hog or Pig, there isn’t really much difference” he has been running his pigs on pasture for something like 10 years so I know his advice is sound. I am saddened to hear about your first year losses. Your Momma’s should get better at raising their young with the second batch though.

Posted: April 15, 2016 #

Bryant and Sandy Cochran

We don’t use Facebook since people’s information has been compromised there, I see no reason to expose my personal information by using Facebook. Three months ago I submitted my information for the Breeder’s List and it still has not been updated. As far as I can tell, the only reason to be a member of the AGHA is for registration purposes, they don’t appear to be to concerned with running a registry for those who pay their dues.

Posted: June 6, 2016 #

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