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Best books on pigs for homesteading/small farming?  RSS feed

 
Jeremy Newell
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I'm looking for one or two good starter books. Ideally the book would have information about breeds, feed needs (eg: rooters vs. grazers, how much of what types of food per time period, etc.), housing & fencing requirements, breeding, appropriate ages for weaning/breeding/slaughtering/etc., ... other things that I don't know yet to ask about pigs.

I'm especially interested in information about pastured pigs and breeds that like to primarily graze (like those cute little kunekunes!).

I don't need this book to have slaughtering / butchering / recipes / secrets of good charcutterie - I have other resources for these. But I won't reject a book if it does have these, as long as the rest of the info is detailed enough.


I'm mostly decided on the following titles from Amazon:

- Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs: 3rd Ed
- Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food


I'd appreciate anyone's feedback on these two titles or recommendations for any others.

Thanks!
 
Paul Ewing
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The Storey's Guide is a very good informative book that could work as the only book if needed. I also like _Dirt Hog_ also by Kelly Klober.

The DVD Pigs N Glens by Joel Salatin is very good if you are planning on running them in rotating paddocks with electric fence. It is mostly for the 100 pound+ finishing stage of the pigs life and doesn't discuss sows, breeding, or little pig care because Joel bus in heavy weight weaners and finishes them out.
 
mike clark
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"harris on the pig"hands down best pig book,but storeys and the like are very good to.
 
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