Two sows have farrowed and contest entry is closed. Remember, the contest is which sow has the most piglets alive after one week. So here is the update:
Sow #3 farrowed 4/27, 17 piglets, 13 alive after 24 hours.
Sow #1 farrowed 4/27, 11 piglets, 10 alive after 24 hours.
Dave Perozzi, #1-14 piglets
Cathylee, #2-11 piglets
Ellie K, #2-9 piglets
Gordon Milligan, #3-12 piglets
Edmund, #3-11 piglets
Valerie, #4-13 piglets
My guess is Valerie will win, but all the guesses are reasonable. I really like my red sows, #1 is my favorite phenotypically, (how she looks), but it is hard to bet against the white sows because they are half Landrace and the Landrace breed is know to crank out the piglets.
Both of these sows are good mothers and made nests, the #3 sow worked all morning carrying hay to make her nest. Its cold here today, in the 40s F, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem.