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Simple leg saver for pigs
You'll like this simple method for saving spraddle-legged pigs that was dreamed up by Virgil Davis of Humboldt, Iowa, and reported on in Iowa Farmer Today.
Davis got the idea while observing injured pigs who couldn't get their legs together underneath them to walk. He started looking for a flexible way to hold the legs closer together and hit on the idea of cutting up pieces of bicycle inner tube after first experimenting with string, tape and other materials.
For small pigs, a length of about 3 1/2 in. works best. He cuts out apiece in the middle so two small rings slip up the legs and a short strap holds them together. He pushes the rubber rings up above the hocks.
A narrow bicycle inner tube costs about $1.50 and will make about 25 leg savers.


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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #1