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Kelly Klober brings thirty years of hands-on experience to Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs, a comprehensive resource for small-scale hog farmers, new and experienced. Filled with practical knowledge and expert advice, it will answer your questions and help you raise healthy, profitable pigs.

The revised and updated third edition includes:

An expanded breed guide

Safe fencing and housing options

Greener farming methods

Disease prevention and treatment

Guidelines for showing

Business and marketing plans

Record-keeping appendix pages

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603424745
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Farmer, writer, and 4-H Club leader, Kelly Klober has raised purebred Duroc hogs for about 30 years. Kelly lives with his wife Phyllis on their farm in Missouri where they also have rabbits, several flocks of chickens producing hatching eggs, and flocks of minor poultry breeds.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 An Introduction to Raising Hogs 1

Hog-Farming Trends

Modern Pork Production

Hog Myths

Talkin' Hog

Thinking Hogs

Identify Your Markets

2 Breeds Tried and True 18

Modern Swine Breeds

Why Purebred Hogs instead of Hybrids?

Choose a Breed Type to Match Your Farm

Pigs as Pets

3 Raising Hogs for the Family Table 53

The Facilities

Essential Equipment

Buying a Pig or Two

Feeding Hogs

Bringing Your Pigs Home

Swine Finishing

4 Home Butchering and Pork Processing 88

Slaughtering the Hog

Breaking Down the Carcass


Putting Away the Pork

Preserving Pork

There's Pork in This?-Pork Recipes

5 Fitting and Showing Hogs 118

Showing Market Hogs

Showing Breeding Stock

6 The Hog Business 143

Running a Manageable Operation

How Many Hogs for Success?

Know Your Market

A Shift in Feeder-Pig Production

Show Pigs

Farrow-to-Finish Production

Finishing Hogs

Breeding-Stock Production

Direct Marketing Your Own Pork

What about Organic?

Contented Hogs

Lean and Green

7 Preparing for Your Herd 179

The Drylot

The Pasture

Fencing Choices

The Range House

Farrowing Structures

Housing for Sows with Nursing Pigs

8 Selecting Breeding Stock 211

Shopping for Livestock

Performance Data

Gilt Selection

Boar Selection

Bidding Decisions

9 Managing Your Breeding Herd 235

Bringing in the Boar

Bringing in Gilts

Breeding Gilts



The Pig at Birth

Caring for the Newborn Pig

Postfarrowing Sow Care

Care for Nursing Pigs



10 Hog Health Care 264

A New Vulnerability

Breed Your Way Back to Vigor

A Health-Care Philosophy

Just theBasics



Parasite Control

Swine Ailments and Illnesses

11 Managing Your Hog Operation 298

Record Keeping

Marketing Hogs

The Hog Industry: Today and Tomorrow

12 Day-to-Day Life with Hogs 323

Movin' Hogs the Easy Way

Managing Information

Do It Right the First Time

Take Time to Scratch Their Ears


Every Pig Is Precious

Buying at Auction

Hog-Farm Fashion

Hog People

Epilogue 340


Hog Anatomy 341

Reproductive Information 342

Record Keeping Templates 343

Sample Calendar Year for the Diversified Small Producer 346

Resources 350

Glossary 354

Index 366

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