Pigs are adorable, clean, friendly animals. So it's no wonder that you've thought about raising them as companions. But if you also happen to love bacon, and don't like the reports of pollution and cruelty in the pig pork industry, you might consider raising your own pigs as meat animals as well. Keeping pigs happy in either situation means understanding their needs and temperaments. Living with Pigs teaches you all about what pigs need, how to raise them, and which breeds make the best bacon. Chuck Wooster's friendly advice and appealing anecdotes help you: Choose what breed of pig or pigs is best for you.Provide the best shelter and food for your pigs.Train your pig.Treat your pig's injuries and illnesses.Butcher your pig and make your own bacon. Illustrated with Geoff Hansen's beautiful full-color photographs, Living with Pigs serves as a great introduction if you're considering owning one or a whole herd of pigs, as well as an essential guidebook if you already own a few.
About the Author
Chuck Wooster raises sheep and grows organic vegetables on an old hill farm in Vermont. At night and in the winter, he is the associate editor of "Northern Woodlands" magazine.
Geoff Hansen, a photographer and editor at New Hampshire's "Valley News," took photographs for "Living with Chickens" and "Harvest." His work has appeared in "Newsweek," "USA Today," "The New York Times," and "The Boston Globe." He lives in Tunbridge, Vermont, with his wife and daughter.