How to Raise Pigs

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Voyageur Press, Apr 15, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 192 pages
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Pigs were once known as "mortgage lifters," a term that endears them to many small farmers. Whether you want a pig on your property for pleasure or profit, on a small scale or large, this is the book you should have.

From first considerations to last, choosing a breed to bringing home the bacon, this approachable, authoritative guide covers every facet of raising pigs. Whats the story behind the modern pork industry? What are the advantages of raising pigs on a small scale, and what does it take in the way of resources and accommodations?

After delving into these questions, author Philip Hasheider goes into the details of housing, feeding, and caring for pigs, as well as breeding, showing, and marketing them--as a project, a hobby, or a business, or just to have one of these unique porcine characters around the farmyard. His book also includes a glossary of terms, a list of resources, and information about pork organizations, regulations, and ordinances.

  

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Contents

AN INTRODUCTION TO PIGS AND PEOPLE
4
GETTING STARTED
12
PORKPRODUCTION SYSTEMSWHATS YOUR PLAN?
20
BREEDS OF PIGS
26
PORKPRODUCTION SYSTEMSORGANIC SUSTAINABLE AND CONVENTIONAL
46
HOUSING AND FACILITIES
56
FENCING AND ENCLOSURES
66
NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT
86
FEEDING FOR PROFIT AND PRODUCTION
108
MANAGING YOUR PIGS
120
MARKETING MEAT
142
HOME BUTCHERING
156
EXIT STRATEGIES
178
SHOWING PIGS
180
COUNTRY LIVING
182
HELP AND ADVICE
186

BREEDING AND REPRODUCTION
96

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About the author (2008)

Philip Hasheider has combined his interests in agriculture, cattle, and history to write seven books, including his two most recent in this series, How to Raise Cattle and now How to Raise Pigs. He has written numerous articles for national and international dairy breed publications and has relied upon his 4-H and FFA experience for writing this book.

Philip was the recipient of the 2005 Book of Merit Award presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society for The Ancestry and Descendants of Alpheus & Sally (Copeland) Bass.

His diverse work has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy of Review, The Capital Times, Wisconsin State Journal, Sickle & Sheaf, Old Sauk Trails, Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society Newsletter, Sauk Prairie Eagle, and Holstein World.

He currently farms near Sauk City, Wisconsin, with his wife and two children.

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