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Teach Yourself Keeping Pigs (TYG) Paperback – 30 Mar 2007
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A practical and user-friendly guide to keeping pigs, whether for produce or simply pleasure
'teach yourself Pig-Keeping' will offer the amateur pig-keeper everything they need to make a success of this increasingly popular pursuit. Whether you are interested in breeding pigs, in meat production, or just want the pleasure of their company, the guide will cover everything from the legalities, the basic equipment, picking breeds, understanding behaviour and how to breed or slaughter pigs. It will also give you advice on daily maintenance of your animal, from feeding to cleaning, and will offer ample resources for those not only wishing to produce meat, but also to market and sell it on a local level. The author has trained thousands of amateur pig-keepers on his weekend courses, and is fully qualified not only to instruct you in all elements, but to do so in a readable and user-friendly manner. With illustrations, diagrams and a full glossary, this is a guaranteed route to happy and healthy pigs.See all Product description
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It is a great read, and written by someone who understands pigs, but will give you the reality, the author obviously loves pigs, but does not write with rose tinted piggy glasses, the down-side, or less than fabulous aspects of pig keeping are not glossed over, but a very realistic view is given!
That being said I have not yet got pigs, so really cannot state how it relates to the reality, but compared to other books this seems a very straight forward & comprehensive guide, and I for one feel much better prepared venturing into the pig world for having it at my side.
A decent basic read and written in a very down to earth way - worth a read BEFORE you try and jump in at the deep end.
Details of the economics, the available breeds, problems you may encounter and just about anything you want to know about keeping pigs traditionally.