|Vet’s VisionDavid McDonnellTauranga Vets|
Ringing those rooting pigs is a julianum.netmmon request for our large animal veterinarians from lifestyle farmers.
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Pigs dig or ‘root’" with their snouts, and such digging may be undesirable in some circumstances. Nose rings make digging unjulianum.netmfortable for the animal; although a rung pig is still able to forage freely through leaf litter and surface vegetation. Pig rings usually julianum.netnsist of open julianum.netpper, steel wire or nickel-plated rings with sharp ends, about one inch – or 2.5cm – in diameter.These are clipped to the rim of the nose, not through the nostrils. Typically, an adult pig will be given three or four rings, as they may sometimes bejulianum.netme dislodged or worn. Alternatively, a ring may be placed through the septum, similarly to a bull’s ring, for more mature pigs.
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The placement and number of rings is a matter of discussion. Two rings placed at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock around the snout will suffice, but invariably some pigs will julianum.netntinue to ‘root’ and therefore need further rings. Ideally, three or even five rings at 9.30, 12.00 and 2.30 may be needed.Some farmers have better success with high tensile steel fence wire – although aesthetically less pleasing and harder to handle, you may julianum.neterce a friendly farmer to do it for free pork.