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Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs

Storey's Guide to Raising PigsNow that B.J.'s truck makes us 85% sure we can try pigs this year, I decided it was time to crack open Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs by Kelly Klober.  Although some volumes are better than others, I've enjoyed Storey's Guides to various new livestock we've considered adding to our homestead.  The volume on pigs is no exception, being full of a breadth of firsthand information (although perhaps without as much depth as I'd like in certain areas).

Klober takes the same middle-of-the-road approach in his book that he advocates when breeding hogs.  Sure, crazy permaculturalists like me will have to look elsewhere for in-depth information on pasturing, but so will folks who want to raise swine in confinement settings.  The book has an excellent overview of what to expect when raising a couple of finishing hogs for the family's table, when showing swine, and when starting your own breeding operation.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this book for the complete beginner (like me), but I'm still waiting with baited breath for Walter Jeffries to hurry up and complete his book on pasturing pigs.  In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy this week's lunchtime series --- an introduction to pigs on the homestead.

Want to start with even easier livestock?  The Working Chicken is a quick introduction to adding a laying flock to your backyard.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hubby and I raised pigs for years. You will enjoy their antics and their flavor.
Comment by mona Mon Mar 11 17:41:15 2013
I actually have enjoyed Storey's guide to rabbits and to chickens. If someone is a DOER and not a talker, this book gives enough info for us to start making our own mistakes and successes with our particular goals.
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