Useless as Tits on a Boar


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There’s an old phrase that describes something unnecessary – “Useless as tits on a boar.” But these things can be deceiving.

One of our breeding goals is to increase the number of strong tits per sow. All of our breeding sows have at least 14 teats and a few have 16 teats. Realize that in judging competitions for pigs at least 10 teats is the rule so our ladies have already a head start on that score.

We started with sows with 14 teats. To move towards our goal of infinite teats what I did was keep gilts who had buds, under formed sixteenth teats, at the very back, that is to say hindmost. Some of them had daughters with rudimentary teats. Some of those daughters have now had fully producing teats in that hindmost quarter. The newly evolving teats are appearing at the back end of the line.

Why select for more teats? With the idea that more teats means more ability to produce milk. There are other factors in condition scoring but that’s one thing to keep in the mix.

This explains what use are teats on a boar – he might throw more buxom daughters who produce more milk and bigger litters of bigger piglets.

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7 Responses to Useless as Tits on a Boar

  1. Alysia says:

    Maybe this explains why men like big boobed wymen. Theyre hoping we will have more babies. Its all about evolution and survival. The counter force might be that boobs that are to big are hard to manuver hurting the wyman’s chance of survival when running away from a tiger.

    soooo boob implants are false advertising…..

  2. Patti says:

    once again…speechless…

  3. zac says:

    I never thought about that with our boar. My black sow has 16 usable teats, and the white 14. Unfortunately it isn’t going to work to keep them, but the babes always had something to eat.

  4. Sal says:

    Greetings, I just discovered your blog – how entertaining and informative. Having been raised a farm girl many of your entries take me back- how I wish we’d had a Kavi to cut down on the endless pig, sheep and Jersey chasing- thank goodness for electric fence!
    Keep up the great work- we look forward to each new entry!

  5. Nita says:

    I love that saying, my folks always used that phrase quite a bit to describe the kids who didn’t quite take to hauling hay or pulling tansy. Very interesting post about the breeding for that trait.
    Thanks

  6. Anonymous says:

    I had a boss who used that phrase. You should have seen the look on his face when I said, “well actually Dave, tits on bores are important because if they don’t have enough their daughters won’t and they won’t be good mothers.’ Or something to that effect, it was 20 years ago. Then I said, I know because my dad’s the best pig doctor in the whole world. (I’m not biassed). Never heard the boss use that phrase again.

    susan… forwarding your blog to my dad

  7. Karl Polzer says:

    This is interesting. I have applied this phrase to co-workers and colleagues at times. Now I’m thinking that what I may have perceived as redundancy, ineffectiveness, unresponsiveness, laziness, stupidity, ignorance, obstinacy, failure to answer emails, or general uselessness may be part of a greater purpose.
    As the great poet John Milton observed: “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

    A possible interpretation (according to the website EnglishClub):
    We all have a place in this world and we all perform a function, regardless of our ability or disability. The word order of this sentence may make it more difficult to understand. In normal English it would be something like: “They (those people) who only stand and wait, also serve.”

    Origin: Quotation from the great English poet John Milton (1608-74). After going blind, Milton wrote the poem “On His Blindness”. In the sonnet’s last line, he reflects that even with his disability he has a place in the world:

    When I consider how my light is spent
    Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
    And that one Talent which is death to hide
    Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
    To serve therewith my Maker, and present
    My true account, lest He returning chide,
    “Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
    I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
    That murmur, soon replies, “God doth not need
    Either man’s work or his own gifts. Who best
    Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
    Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
    And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
    They also serve who only stand and wait.

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