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The Biggle Swine Book from the Biggle Farm Library by Jacob Biggle 1898

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A reprint by Skyhorse Publishing of the original book. From a time when most families had a hog or two and modern veterinary medicine was not available. Of interest to history buffs or those people interested in sustaining a pre-electric, pre-modern mode of life. Some of the suggestions, while appropriate for the time, are not considered appropriate now.

5" X 7" hardcover, 146 pages.

"The pig; the savior of Europe, the mortgage lifter of America." Biggle Swine Book

Looking to raise a hog but don't know what breed is right for you? Got a sick hog and don't know what to do? What rations produce the best and most flesh? What kind of pig pen is best? What to do with all the meat after slaughter? What to do with all that manure you've been shoveling? In 1898, Jacob Biggle was the man with the answers.

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"When Jacob Biggle first published The Biggle Swine Book in 1898, hog husbandry was undergoing major changes. New feeding methods had come into vogue, new breeds of hogs had been developed, and significant progress had been made in curbing swine-borne epidemics. Even the public perception of pigs as filthy creatures wallowing up to their knees in mud had brightened, and pigs were accorded a modicum of respect. But, with the onset of railroad development across the United States, the backyard pig farmer started losing ground to slaughterhouses and large processing plants. The Biggle Swine Book Captures this moment in American history when home animal husbandry was giving way to more industrialized meat production. Never-the-less, Jacob Biggle continued to offer guidance to the small scale farmer on all manner of livestock issues, centered around the proper breeding, feeding, and care of pigs." (from the book jacket)

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A pig fan himself, Biggle offers practical advice for getting the most out of the hog. Photographs, sketches, and charts distributed throughout the pages of this book provide clear information about the swine discussed by Biggle.

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Chapter 1 - Pig Figures
Chapter 2 - Many Hogs of Many Kinds
Chapter 3 - The Board
Chapter 4 - At Farrowing Time
Chapter 5 - Little Pigs
Chapter 6 - Shotehood
Chapters 7 & 8 - The Piggery
Chapter 9 - Swill Tub and Corn Crib
Chapter 10 - Feeding Rations
Chapter 11 - Recent Experiements
Chapter 12 - An Eastern Creameryman's Way
Chapters 13 & 14 - Western Practices
Chapter 15 - Butchering and Curing Meats
Chapter 16 - Smithfield Ham and Deerfoot Sausage
Chapter 17 - Market Points
Chapter 18 - The Poor Man's Pig
Chapter 19 - The Manure Pile
Chapter 20 - Hog Cholera
Chapter 21 - Other Pig Ailments
Chapter 22 - Summary and Conclusions

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Charts and graphs are easy to read and follow.
Each chapter ends with a list of pithy sentences of practical advice.
The book aims to help the small family farmer but includes information useful to the small commercial producer.

Available from multiple vendors on-line. ISBN: 978-1-62636-148-5
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