Flip’s Weaner Piglets
These piglets are spending very little time with mom these days. Like their sow, Flip, these piglets have short tails. We don’t clip their tails – an intervention that is done some places. Rather they’re born with full length tails. Then in the first week or so the tails fall off. They trait is strongly genetic – that is to say I can trace it right through the herd back to Archimedes, one of boars, and Big Pig, one of our original sows, who both must have had the recessive genes for this. Both of them have full length tails. Pigs who carry both of the recessive short tailed genes show the short tails.
Three of the piglets above, the colored ones and the far white one, are from a different litter. At this age the cohorts begin to mix and match as they spend more time away from their mother.
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