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Tedfold Cottage Farm

Champion prize winning herd of rare breed British Saddleback & Middle White pigs: naturally raised, outdoor reared, happier animals. Novice & Intermediate Pig Keeping Courses in West Sussex near the Hampshire & Surrey Borders.

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Pig Pregnancy Scanning Service
 
Need or like to know if your pig is pregnant? Considering getting the boar back in but not sure if she is already in the family way?
Boar jump in and you want to know she is NOT pregnant? Want to find out if AI worked? Just really want to know?
 
We can scan your pig(s) using a Doppler Ultrasound Scanner from day 18 of pregnancy. The tester we use is non-invasive and detects the presence of amniotic fluid in the uterus. It uses a phenomenon of ultrasound wave reflection, from outside the pigs body. The probe which is placed on the female body sends a beam of ultrasound wave which reflects from the uterus horns filled with fluid and returns, causing a change in the signal generated by the instrument.
 
In pigs you can perform the tests between 18 and 75 days post mating; however, the highest accuracy is achieved when the tests are performed between 25 and 35 days. In this period there is the highest level of amniotic fluid in the uterus, therefore it is located the most easily. Pregnancies over 75 days can still be detected although with less accuracy due to the diminishing amount of fluid in the uterus. It cannot tell you how many piglets the sow has just if she is pregnant.
 
Your sow will require some form of restraint, usually food or food plus hurdles is sufficient. It is essential that your pig is kept calm to enable accurate testing.
 
COST: Up to 10 mile radius of Billingshurst and up to 5 sows is £50, additional sows are £7 each. For distances greater than 10 miles by most direct road route, then an additional £0.75 per mile applies (round trip).
 
Email us on tedfold@hotmail.co.uk or via our contact us page or give us a call to discuss your requirements.
 
 
 
 
Setting up your piggy enterprise / starting with pigs consultancy service
Due to recent demand we have now added a "starting with pigs" consultancy service for Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and the surrounding areas. We can come to your home, smallholding, farm or even group meeting and help you set up your own piggy enterprise on a one-to-one basis, and give advice and tuition as we go. Use our experience to get it right first time and not repeat our rooky mistakes. This can include all aspects of basic husbandry such as fencing, housing, bedding, feeding etc. In fact, whatever you want to cover its your call. Take a look at our one-day pig course page to see what else you wish to know.
 
Email us on tedfold@hotmail.co.uk or give us a call. Tell us what you are trying to achieve, your location and full contact details. We can then discuss the basic's you will need to have on-site.
 
If you have all the basic equipment we can leave you with a fully functioning set up and all you will need to do is buy your pigs. We will also leave a copy of our one-day course manual with you for reference and of course full back up support.
 
 
Fees are £50 an hour including travel time and are thus dependant upon location and time spent on your smallholding. The travel time will be based upon route planner estimates for fairness so you don't pay for any unexpected traffic jams.