Author(s): Linda McDonald-Brown
Pigs make friendly, intelligent pets and clear ground, recycle waste, fertilize the soil and produce wonderful meat. "Choosing and Keeping Pigs" will provide you with all you need to know regarding pig-rearing and care. This practical, accessible book is the ideal beginner's guide to these great animals, and includes clear instructions on choosing and looking after pigs, and expert advice on housing, fencing, feeding and farrowing. The book also includes a comprehensive directory of over 30 traditional and rare breeds.
Backyard pig-keeping is growing in popularity with lots of smallholders and hobby farmers eager for information. Orders for pig homes have quadrupled in the last 3 years. One of the most respected companies, the Bridgiemire Pig Arc Company, sold over 1,000 homes in 2007, compared with around 250 in 2004 Rare breed resurgence and high-profile celebrity keepers such as George Clooney and Gordon Ramsey has put home-reared pigs back in the public eye. The Jimmy's Farm series of programmes regularly attracted viewing figures of 3.5 million.
Linda McDonald-Brown is a highly experienced pig keeper and runs her own company producing pig arcs. She keeps and farrows a wide range of traditional and rare breeds as well as teaching one-day courses on how to get started with pigs.
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