Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food in Your Own Backyard

Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food in Your Own Backyard

by Sue Weaver

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Homegrown Pork: Humane, Healthful Techniques for Raising a Pig for Food in Your Own Backyard by Sue Weaver

Raising a pig for meat is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with more than 100 pounds of pork, including tenderloin, ham, ribs, bacon, sausage, and more. Homegrown Pork covers everything you need to know to raise your own pig, from selecting a breed to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing. Invite all your friends over for a healthy and succulent pork dinner!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612121260
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 411,384
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sue Weaver has written hundreds of magazine articles and many books about livestock, horses, and chickens, including The Backyard Cow, The Backyard Goat, The Backyard Sheep, Storey and The Donkey Companion. Weaver and her husband share their ridgetop farmette in the southern Ozarks with an array of animal friends.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: Meet the Pig

Chapter 1: History

Man Tames the Pig - The Rise of Market Pigs

Chapter 2: Physiology and Behavior

Pig Intelligence - The Five Senses - Pig Hierarchies - Basic Behaviors

Chapter 3: Handling

Taming Wary Pigs - Lifting - Moving - Restraining - Hauling

Part 2: Purchasing and Raising

Chapter 4: Breeds

Choosing a Breed - Types of Pigs - Common Breeds - Rare Breeds - Unusual Pigs

Chapter 5: Buying

Where to Buy - Visiting Farms - Bringing Pigs Home

Chapter 6: Housing, Fences, and Equipment

Shelters - Pens - Fences - Wallows - Furnishing the Shelter or Pen

Chapter 7: Feeding

The Pig's Digestive System - Commercial Rations - Supplementary Feeds - What Not to Feed - Pig Manure

Chapter 8: Health

Finding a Good Pig Vet - Giving Shots - Treating Minor Problems - Checking Vital Signs - Common Illnesses - Heat Stress - Poisoning - Parasites

Part 3: From Pig to Pork

Chapter 9: To the Slaughterhouse

Slaughter Options - Taking Your Pigs for Processing - Pork Cuts at a Glance - Cutting Your Own Pig

Chapter 10: Home Processing

Curing Pork - Smoking Pork - Canning Pork - Freezing Pork - Homemade Sausage - Rendering and Using Lard - Cooking Pork

Appendices

Appendix 1: Pig History Timeline

Appendix 2: Build Your Own Pig Ark

Appendix 3: How to Shoot a Pig

Glossary

Resources

Index

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