My gilt needs to gain weight!

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My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby BlueButtgirl » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:37 pm

I have a February gilt (she was a runt and she's about 133 lbs. now) and she needs to gain 87 lbs. by August 1st. I have her on dry fat and Purina High Octane Champion Drive Show Supplement. She is also on full feed. The past few days it has been hot and humid and she has gained about 1 lb. a day. :( There is a barrow in with her, and there are two waterers that have fresh water at all times. And the feed isn't stale. And they are dewormed! The withdrawal date is up and we are doing it again. The first time, we hardly saw any worms. Any tips will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Oh, I remembered a few more questions! How much dry fat should she get daily? She is getting 3/4 c. now. And should I mix the supplement in with the feed? She has been getting it seperate from her feed so far.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby Gilbertowner » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:23 am

Don't know about the fat supplment, but when we reach 100*F heat index our son will slop his crew's feed with water that been in the icebox. In the evening when they are eating he will mist them down while eating and that helps too. He has made a mud pen now and does this in that pen.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby doublee » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:57 am

You should put the fat on top of the feed or you can mix it in with the feed. What kind of fat are you using?
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby BlueButtgirl » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:44 pm

Thanks! I'll try that! I don't know what fat it is, but I can find out. :)
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby torf » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Take out the self feeder and slop feed as much as they will eat in about 15 minutes. Then take all feed away until the next feeding. You should be able to get her to gain about 3 pounds a day. Make her eat what you want not what she wants.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby tophog » Sat Jun 29, 2013 4:09 pm

might as well order a bucket of paylean on Monday morning so when it arrives you should go ahead and start feeding that to her as well.
This should help her appetite, retain fluid and build muscle. All of witch you will need to get her up to weight.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby BlueButtgirl » Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:43 pm

Thanks everybody! @Torf, how often should I offer her feed? Every few hours?
I am going to try Paylean once she hits 150 lbs. At least someone I know who has hogs said not to try it until they are that weight.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby torf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:45 pm

We only feed twice a day. When they eat thay will devour what is put in front of them. Start moving up in pounds of feed when they clean up what you put out. Try to get her up to around 4 to 5 pounds per feeding. If you have the time to feed 3 or 4 times a day just break the amounts down while still getting 8 to 10 pounds of feed in them per day.
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Re: My gilt needs to gain weight!

Postby BlueButtgirl » Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:18 pm

Thanks everyone! We got to the fair and she was 5 lbs. short. They let us re-weigh her and we pumped her full of feed and she gained 7 pounds by the required time! Thanks again!
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