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Product Details

  • Series: Hobby Farms
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Hobby Farm Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933958189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933958187
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Arie McFarlen's Pigs is a welcome resource for pig raisers. It is especially timely, as many producers are returning to small-scale production as an alternative to industrial pork production. The two systems are so different that the strategies and resources that are useful for one rarely work well in the other system. Arie has filled the gap for small-scale producers so that they can make wise choices in management systems, housing, and breed choices in order to maximize opportunities for success. Small-scale production has an ever brighter future--as well as a distinguished past-- and this book will be useful to breeders and producers interested in participating in that bright future." ----D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, technical advisor, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

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"This book is filled with good information for anyone interested in pigs. Arie McFarlen goes against convention focusing on the unique, interesting, and mostly ignored heritage and endangered breeds. She does this with love and understanding for the endearing characteristics these animals can't help but display."

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I recommend to anyone who wants to raise piggy's.
Michelle Grogan
It is thorough, full of technical information but still easy to understand.
Kevin
For a small hobby farm or backyard enthusiast, it's a great start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on January 19, 2013
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This is a must read for layman who know little or nothing about raising pigs but think they want to try. It is thorough, full of technical information but still easy to understand. From selecting a breed to marketing tips, this book has it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Grogan on December 21, 2012
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Very helpful and full of interesting facts. I recommend to anyone who wants to raise piggy's. Oh, the pictures are great
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By permacultist on May 30, 2014
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Look, it's a book about pigs. I wouldn't do much for a big, heck even a middle sized, farmer. For a small hobby farm or backyard enthusiast, it's a great start. Easy to read, easy to follow, well written, with a lack of space filler.

Bottom line, good book on pigs.
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