Is this the right book for me?Everything an amateur pigkeeper needs for successGet Started in Pig Keeping offers amateur pigkeepers 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, this book covers legalities, basic equipment, picking breeds, understanding behaviour and how to raise and slaughter pigs. You'll get all of the advice you need on daily maintenance of your animal, from feeding to cleaning, and find ample resources if you wish to produce your own meat - or even market and sell it at a local level. Get Started in Pig Keeping includes:Chapter 1: The starting pointChapter 2: Preparation and knowing the rulesChapter 3: Before your pig arrivesChapter 4: Can keeping pigs be cost effective?Chapter 5: Getting your first pigChapter 6: Feeding your pigChapter 7: The health of your pigChapter 8: Breeding from your own stockChapter 9: Meat for the freezerChapter 10: Sales and MarketingChapter 11: Who's who in the pig worldLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Covers all aspects of pigkeeping, whether you're aiming for bacon or Babe!Written by an experienced instructor whose courses have tripled in numbers over the last 10 yearsUp-to-date with the latest information on legalities and insurance, as well as practical advice on daily maintenance and care
Table of Contents:
1. Why keep a pig?2. Can anyone keep a pig?3. What breed should you have? .4. What you need before your pig arrives5. Feeding6. Pig ailments7. How much will it cost to keep a pig?8. Pig Breeding9. Rearing for Meat10. Selling and Marketing11. The World of Pigkeepers12. Pig Behaviour
About the Author(s):
Tony York has been running courses for amateur pig-keepers for over 10 years, and has seen the number of attendees triple in that time. He has made several television programmes on pigkeeping and is known in the community for his passionate commitment to furthering the cause of organic farming and smallholding as well as for his expert communication skills.
Amateur pigkeepers, smallholders, downshifters