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1 New bigger babies on Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:21 pm


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I am experimenting - partially for my own curiosity, partially to satisfy a constant request for "freezer pigs" and larger heritage style hogs, and partially because the opportunity presented itself.  I have read that the outcrosses are very evident, and so wanted to see for myself. And I do have requests to breed heritage girls to my boar, but I haven't been able to say what the piglets will be like. 

I was able to obtain 2 F1 Ossabaw x Berkshire sows.  This was the dad with one of the Berkshire ladies...I don't know if a stool was provided or not, but he apparently got the job done even though he's much smaller!

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These F1 girls are very tame, very well mannered and very Berkshire in looks and size. I was curious to know how many generations after an outcross it would take for the Ossabaw traits to become dominant again.  Well F1 generation in what I see in the two mommas, there is a whole lot of Berkshire and the only thing Ossabaw are the spots and some of the head traits. 

And here is the F2 generation - which are already looking to be built more like Berkshires with the body shape, head shape and thick haunches, and they are growing like weeds but all my piglets do. I have another litter I'm anxiously waiting for... Wink

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2 Re: New bigger babies on Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:32 pm

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Those are nice looking piglets. Interesting to see the crosses and hear your experiences on them. Going to more interesting as time goes

on. cheers

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