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Piglet Saver
Here's an easy-to-make birthing aid that saves pigs in trouble.
Kurt Keller's "Piglet Saver" recently won first prize in an inventor's contest at the Ontario Pork Congress in Canada. The Mitchell, Ontario, hog farmer entered his invention in the contest after developing it for use on his own farm.
Keller's idea is a way to safely put a noose around a pig's head to help pull it out during a difficult birth. Consists simply of a nylon shoe lace threaded through holes punched in fingertips cut off a small-size rubber
glove. The lace is tied back on itself with a slip knot. A second 6-in. length of cord is tied to this slip knot and then anchored back on the main cord. It prevents the loop from closing too tight around the pig's neck.
The rubber fingertips make it easy to put the noose around the pig's neck. You fit them over all five fingers, spreading the noose out. Once it's over the pig's head, it's easy to pull your hand away.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Kurt Keller, Rt. 1, Mitchell, Ontario Canada N0K 1N0 (ph 519 348-8043).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3