Originally Posted by Phage
What actually went wrong last time that caused the disaster?
last time Pig 3 was very large - a full grade 5 in back fat. This alone would have caused problems. Her Labia majora was then torn as she faught the boys into the farrowing pen. When I got to the Phils 7 days before the farrowig, it was in a bad way. We cleaned out the fly blown tissue and irrigated the wound. It cleaned up quickly but was still raw and swollen. The combination cased a narrow birth canal. She could not deliver the first piglet and required assistance. As the piglet squeezed through, she lunged forward, pulling tight the umbilical cord. I would say this caused the placenta to lift and the blood to flow.
When I treated her, I had to make a decision to save her an the cost of possibley losing piglets. She ended up with 40 IU of pitocin. It shut down everything and we had a spree of stillborns.
My decision to keep her was based on how the vagina healed.
When I arrived this time, she was huge again. I tasked Ompoy with dropping her to a grade 4 in 3 weeks.
He did well.
It looks like she stopped at 13 live piglets. They are all drinking well. she delivered them in 3.5 hours.
She may get another reprieve from the sausage factory but realistically, I need to keep progressing in my breeding program.
Its a tough call.