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Choosing and Keeping Pigs : A Complete Practical Guide - Linda McDonald-Brown

Choosing and Keeping Pigs

A Complete Practical Guide

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Everything you need to know about small-scale pig keeping, either for food or as a pet.

Backyard pig keeping is growing in popularity, both as a food source, as demonstrated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, and as pets. Pigs are easy to rear, breed and feed, and they are hardy and adaptable animals that help clear ground, recycle waste and fertilise soils.

This practical and accessible guide is the ideal beginner's handbook and includes expert advice on:

How to choose and purchase a quality animal and how to help preserve rare breeds Equipment, housing and fencing Moving and handling Feeding, nutrition and pasture Pig health care and common diseases Selecting a boar or sow for breeding, hogging, farrowing, taking care of piglets and pedigree breeding Preparing for slaughter, butchering and subsequent storage Showing pigs in competitions.

Choosing and Keeping Pigs also includes a history of pig keeping and a comprehensive directory of 30 traditional and rare breeds. This unique reference provides all the information a pig keeper requires.



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Excellent Reference Book


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  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand


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    Comments about Choosing and Keeping Pigs:

    This little book covers a lot of information, where to start, the differences between heritage breeds and commercial breeds, what to feed, how to breed, housing and butchering.
    This is a great starter book to see if pigs are a good fit for you and your farm.

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    Introduction The history of pig-keeping * Why keep them? Which breeds? Choosing the right pig for you * Preserving rare breeds Getting started Equipment * Buying stock * Preparing for your pigs' arrival * Housing * Fencing and pasture Managing pigs Establishing a routine * Moving and handling * Feeding and nutrition * Weaning Pig health care Routine checks * Avoiding problems * Common diseases Thinking of breeding Selecting a boar/sow * Hogging * Farrowing * Care of piglets * Pedigree breeding Processing Preparing for slaughter * Weights * Paperwork * What to expect * Butchering * Storage Pigs on show Selecting pigs * Preparation * Show time * Join the club Pig breeds Includes: Landrace * Saddleback * Duroc * Gloucestershire Old Spot * Large White * Mangalitsa * Pietrain * Tamworth * Kunekune * Vietnamese Potbelly

    ISBN: 9781856753111
    ISBN-10: 1856753115
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 208
    Published: 1st May 2009
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 18.5  x 1.7
    Weight (kg): 0.5
    Edition Number: 1