Raising Hogs on Your Homestead

This excerpt from "Practical Animal Husbandry" lays out the fundamentals of raising hogs on a homestead or small farm, whether for profit or just for a family's personal food needs.



raising hogs - hog trough
Common water heaters (cut through the center with an acetylene torch) make ideal waterers and feeders. Being metal they won't leak, and when mounted on 4" x 4" frames can't be tipped over.
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023-068-01-Poland china boar
Excellent Poland China boar which has good quality pigs and is a fine representative of his breed.
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Pig With Piglets
Learn the basics of raising hogs, including how and when to breed a sow.
PHOTO: FOTOLIA/PETR MASEK
raising hogs - hog waterer
Labor-saving hog waterer. The barrel is a common flour barrel to which has been attached a watering device that operates on the float principle. The animals push down on these floats with their snouts, permitting the water to flow freely from the barrel.
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raising hogs - hog shelter
An excellent "A" type hog house. When built on skids it may be readily moved to clean ground after each farrowing. Note the side door so that the attendant may assist the sow during parturition should this become necessary. This house should be at least four feet square and about three feet six inches high.
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