This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home

A video captured by one resident shows the 55-pound Gaston hogging all the attention while sniffing around a West Side Avenue garbage can. Another resident snapped a photo of the miniature pig with a police officer.

John Paul, Gaston’s owner, said his family just moved to Ege Avenue from the Heights the day before the two-year-old pig’s escape.

“We thought we baby-proofed the backyard,” Paul told The Jersey Journal. “He likes to look for adventure.”

Gerry McCann, the former mayor who works for the city Department of Public Works, told The Jersey Journal he was at West Side and Virginia avenues early yesterday morning on a mission to help clean up trash when he spotted a group of cops nearby.

McCann said he thought something was wrong until he walked closer to the officers.

“I looked down at what they’re staring at and it’s a pig,” McCann said with a laugh. “The pig was going all over the place.” Read more…

Interesting Story – It’s the story of the pig. And, it’s the story of a veterinarian


This is the story of a Hinesville woman who wanted a pig all her life and finally got one in August.

It’s the story of the pig. And, it’s the story of a veterinarian who decided to take a chance.

The woman’s name is Pilar Odria. Her potbellied pig is Gracie Lou, which when full grown will weigh around 45 pounds, Odria said.

The veterinarian is Dr. Hunter Brigdon, who practices at Richmond Hill Animal Hospital.

That’s where Gracie Lou wound up Oct. 10, her outlook so bleak Bridgon wasn’t sure he could save her.

“I didn’t think she’d make it, to be honest,” Brigdon said.

This was two days after Hurricane Matthew, which played its own part in this story.

The storm

Odria and her three kids evacuated late, leaving after Hurricane Matthew started knocking down trees and fences and power lines. But because the Odrias couldn’t find a place for the family’s three dogs, three cats and Gracie Lou, her husband Albert sent the wife and kids to safety and stayed behind to ride out the storm with the pets.

On Oct. 9, while Odria was gone, Gracie Lou was let out into the family’s fenced back yard for a bathroom break. The storm had knocked down enough fence to leave the pig exposed to a stray dog.

It tore into the Gracie Lou’s hindquarters, exposing bones and vertebrae before Albert could come to the rescue.

He soon found help, including family friend Justin Nelson, who apparently knows a thing or two about treating pigs. Nelson doctored Gracie Lou as best he could, but told Odria by phone the pig would need to see a vet. Odria packed up her kids and headed back.

On Oct. 10 – two days after the Hurricane – Odria called Brigdon, who’s been a veterinarian for only five years but apparently has seen his fair share of

pigs. And he didn’t hesitate when he got Odria’s call.

“Immediately he said ‘bring her right over,” Odria said.

What Brigdon saw when he first took a look at Gracie Lou wasn’t good, but he decided to give it a try. Six surgeries later, the pig is healing nicely. Read more…


Needle-free vaccination lifts performance


Improved weight gains in both weaners and fatteners as well as easier application and less stress on the pigs are among the benefits noted by the owners after the switch to a new intradermal vaccine on the Brady family pig unit in Longford.
The IDAL (Intradermal Application of Liquids) gun can be used for administering Porcilis PCV ID, the vaccine that protects against PCV2 (Porcine circovirus type 2), one of the major disease threats in Irish pig production. Dermot Brady and his father Donal, who run a 2,000-sow integrated unit, started using the IDAL gun for PCV2 vaccination last March and are very happy with the results. “The needle-free system is much easier to use and is less stressful on the pigs. It eliminates the risk of broken needles which can result in needle pieces remaining in the tissues, causing serious issues during and after processing. There is also less risk of transmitting disease from pig to pig,” said Dermot.
“The IDAL system involves giving a low volume injection of just 0.2ml of Porcilis PCV ID to each piglet. Another big advantage is the flexibility of the vaccination site. Rather than being confined to the neck it can be given at side of the neck, along the muscles of the back or in the hind leg,” he said. Performance The Bradys were previously using a different vaccine, administering a 1ml dose at 14 days old using needles. Since switching to the low volume Porcilis PCV ID needle-free system, they have experienced a significant improvement in pig performance. “Our weaners have gone up by around 30g/day and are now approaching 700g/day. The performance of our fatteners has gone up by as much as 50g to around 1,000g/day. This is a very significant and welcome improvement,” said Dermot. read more…