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The Complete Guide to Raising Pigs : Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply.

Author: Carlotta Cooper
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Atlantic Publishing Group Inc., 2012.
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Pigs are a very special breed of animal in that they can be almost as much a pet as they are a potential source of meat and income. The proper raising of pigs is much disputed for this reason and there are multiple ways to go about it. To be an effective pig farmer, you must not only understand the various different perspectives on the raising of pigs, but be able to adjust to the breeds you select and the method by  Read more...
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Cooper, Carlotta.
Complete Guide to Raising Pigs : Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply.
Ocala : Atlantic Publishing Group, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carlotta Cooper
ISBN: 9781601387882 1601387881
OCLC Number: 867769619
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: Author Dedication and Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1: A Pig Primer; Prehistoric Paintings to Pork Barrel Politics; Are You Ready to Raise Pigs?; Characteristics and Behavior; Terminology; Anatomy and Physiology; Summary; Chapter 2: Let's Get a Pig!; Confinement; Modified Confinement; Organic Farming; Pasture Raising; Finding a Breeder; Choosing Your Pigs; Choosing Your Breed; Summary; Chapter 3: Caring for Young Pigs; Characteristics of Newborns; Special Needs of Piglets; Health-related Procedures; Weaning; Picking a Young Pig; Summary; Chapter 4. Chapter 4: The Birds and the BeesChoosing Your Breeding Objectives; Choosing Your Breeders; The Female Reproductive System; The Male Reproductive System; Building Your Herd; Feeding for Breeding; Farrowing; Post-farrowing Matters; Breed Registry Agencies; Summary; Chapter 5: Housing: Straw, Sticks, or Bricks?; Structures; Pasturing; Fencing and Pens; Hygiene Considerations; Food, Water, and Shade; Tools; Regional Considerations; Summary; Chapter 6: Eating Like a Pig; Grains; Protein; Vitamins and Minerals; Commercial Feeds; Organic Feed; Custom Mixes; Storage; Summary; Chapter 7: Hog Health. Recognizing SymptomsDiseases; Parasites; Tips for Disease Prevention; When to Call in the Vet; Summary; Chapter 8: Herd Management; Separation; Daily Operations on the Pig Farm; Tracking; Software; What Your Peers May Expect of You; Summary; Chapter 9: Going to the Show; Why Show Pigs?; FFA and 4-H Club; Personal Development; Profit; The Show Pig; Choosing Your Show Pig; Feeding for the Show; Fitting Your Show Pig; Grooming; The Show Experience; What You Need at the Show; Things to do at the Show; Presentation; After the Show; Summary; Chapter 10: This Little Piggie Went to Market. Your Slaughter OptionsMaking Arrangements With a Butcher; Getting your Pigs Ready for Slaughter; Cuts; After Processing; Slaughtering at Home; Chilling the Carcass; Marketing your Meat; Summary; Chapter 11: The Smokehouse; Curing Meats; Smoking Meats; Types of Smokers; Buying a Production Smoker; Barbecue Smokers; Converting an Old Refrigerator; Building a Permanent Smokehouse; Health and Safety; Summary; Conclusion; Appendix; Breed Associations; Additional Organizations; Glossary; Bibliography; Author Biography; Photographs of Pigs: And on that Farm were ... Pigs!

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Pigs are a very special breed of animal in that they can be almost as much a pet as they are a potential source of meat and income. The proper raising of pigs is much disputed for this reason and there are multiple ways to go about it. To be an effective pig farmer, you must not only understand the various different perspectives on the raising of pigs, but be able to adjust to the breeds you select and the method by which you decide to raise each of them. From how they are fed to how you treat and handle them as babies, pigs are a very special and unique breed of farm animal. This book provides every necessary detail you need to start raising pigs immediately, from selecting the breed of your pigs to how they will be fed. You will learn the difference between pigs that are raised for meat and those that are used for disposal of compost or as pets. You will learn how the process of home butchering and processing is completed and what you can do to start fitting and showing your pigs in competition. You will learn the ins and outs of the pig raising business, including the breeds you will encounter, the expectations of you by other pig farmers, and the details you need to see to when you purchase your first pigs. You will learn how to start breeding your own pigs by creating a breeding herd and selecting the best of your pigs for breeding stock. Dozens of interviews with top pig farmers and experts from around the country have been gathered for this book and provide a detailed look at how the industry is run, including the management of a pig herd, the health care of your pigs, and the daily operations that must be completed in caring for your pigs, including day to day life, feeding the pigs, and their time both indoors and outdoors. If you are interested in the process of breeding and raising pigs, this book will provide every bit of information you need to get started.

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