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Encino Man
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« on: August 23, 2020, 02:38:25 pm »

Like the title asks, when is the best time to castrate a boar for tusk growth?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2020, 02:53:27 pm »

Any time and all the time!

But the younger the better for growth. But teeth has a lot to do with genetics. I've caught big  barrs with very little teeth and small boars with big teeth.

I've raised wild hogs in my pen from different locations. Some would top out at 175-200# and have 3+++ inch teeth, some would get 300+ pounds with an inch teeth at best all on the same feed.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2020, 09:26:23 am »

Shoot em some ralgrow in their ear and bust their tops out.


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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2020, 07:32:52 pm »

Shoot em some ralgrow in their ear and bust their tops out.


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I give a couple Ralgro pellets to a litter of pups once and they were some of the biggest pups I ever raised...


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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2020, 07:40:43 pm »

Shoot em some ralgrow in their ear and bust their tops out.


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I give a couple Ralgro pellets to a litter of pups once and they were some of the biggest pups I ever raised...


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I LOLd at this, are you forreal?


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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2020, 09:04:40 pm »

I know someone that did it too. He does it to his colts too

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2020, 04:52:28 pm »

Shoot em some ralgrow in their ear and bust their tops out.


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I give a couple Ralgro pellets to a litter of pups once and they were some of the biggest pups I ever raised...


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I LOLd at this, are you forreal?


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I didn’t inject them I just took a few of the pellets out and give them one a piece once a month at feeding until about 4 months old, it’s a hormone that stimulates eating and appetite, some of them have the same active ingredient as some contraceptives for women and some of the meds used when estrous synching livestock for breeding and flushing....


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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2020, 09:07:49 am »

Goose,

Were there any negative side affects? Did they just grow faster or was their final adult size larger? Lol you have me interested now. I have a litter of pups that should be born anytime now


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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2020, 09:27:51 am »

Goose,

Were there any negative side affects? Did they just grow faster or was their final adult size larger? Lol you have me interested now. I have a litter of pups that should be born anytime now


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Now I don’t know if it had a hill of beans to do with ral gro pellets or not but the 3 she had I kept and they grew off bigger than what I’d seen the sire and dame produce before and after that litter, or it could’ve been a number of factors contributing to their large size, at the recommendation from a well known and respected running walker breeder whom I’d personally see do this a number of times, I gave them 1 drop of ivomectin out of an eye dropper at 6 weeks old, and a few weeks after that I gave them some supposedly powerful probiotics that we had for the yearlings that’s called Cattle Active, factoring in as well they had an unlimited supply of bull nuts, we were pre conditioning several thousand yearlings a yr for a guy, so every Wednesday we would get loads in and from the time they were big enough to make it the 200 yds up the hill from the dog pens to the barn they would belly up till they were about to pop on nuts and got to where they would go bury them and on top of what I would bag up and put in the meds fridge and feed them everyday until I ran out, I actually started the pellets by accident, my injecting gun was messing up and a tapped it on the side of the chute and a few pellets fell on the ground and stuck to a fresh cut mountain oyster on the ground and one pup ran up and gobbled it up, I asked my paw in law what we should do and he just chuckled and said might as well give them all some, I personally believe it was a combination of things each helping the other out, I know the pups got a good bit bigger than what I’ve ever seen come from those genetics, they had a little more frame than normal but seemed to be way more thicker and more mass, we kept them all to over a yr old and eventually sold them to some hands needing some more working dogs, they were really handy on pastured cattle and driving groups but didn’t have any kinda stick whatsoever on hogs....


I personally believe ivomectin can play a factor in growth, yrs ago a good friend of mine had two litters of pups and his wife got the dosages confused and mixed up and wound up giving the pups waaaaaayyyy to much of the ivomectin, she immediately realized what she had done and called him he had her run to the store and grab and bunch of canned dog food and let them eat as much as they wanted covered in milk, she was able to save two from each litter, a litter of cur pups and a litter of bulldog pups and those pups from each litter grew off a good bit bigger than what they should’ve been, again could’ve all been just one them things that happens like the case with my pups could’ve been or could be something to do with the de wormer....
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2020, 03:31:51 pm »

I've raised a few hogs from piglets and i had 2 in particular that grew crazy big cutters and it was in my opinion 100% due to the fact that I raised both of them just like dogs and they each ate a scoop of 27% protein dog food everyday on top of hog feed and corn. Those two both grew bigger than my others and both grew huge cutters. I believe diet has more to do with it than any other factor regardless of boar/Barr or sow. I cant say that i think the age you cut them will directly affect tusk growth. If you cut em and release them where you caught them then they are still going to be eating the same diet, they may eat a bit more than before but not enough to affect anything in my opinion. I honestly believe that barrs don't get so fat just because they eat more. They get fat because they aren't doing anything the rest of their lives but eating, they ain't out fighting and roaming miles chasing tail, they are laying on a creek bank relaxing all day lol.

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