We raise heritage pigs, American Guinea Hogs, on our farm and love this family friendly breed.
Storey Publishing does it again, with its latest edition of Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs, 4th Edition.
What is remarkable about Storey publishing is that they don't just release a book once, but they adapt that book over time to fit the needs of current farmers and livestock owners. I think I have edition 1 and 2 on my shelves, but this book has adopted current concepts in management practices and reformatted the pages to look appealing to the new reader.
Raising Pigs 4th edition looks great. There are highlighted content boxes that really stand out with important and relevant information for the reader.
The sections that really stood out to me are the chapters on The Hog Business, Managing your Hog Business, and also the Day-to-Day Life with Hogs because they are all relevant to the small-scale operation and even for the homesteader. There is something in these chapters for everyone. Every chapter has really great information and advice but for me, these three really stood out as applicable to my small farm operation. We raise AGHA American Guinea Hogs and an important factor in our farm operation is not only food for my family, but also the sale of livestock or breeding or for the table.
There is something in this book for the new pig owner, the 4-H project person, and even the small to large scale producer. That is what captures me about Storey Publishing, is that they consistently create a reference book that has good quality information, that is not so technical that it is hard to understand the information that they are conveying.
If you are into pigs, or just starting out, Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs the 4th Edition is updated and ready for you to check it out and discover something about the hog you didn't know before, or is filled with information that you can adopt in your own practices to increase your profit or productivity.
Start Your Farm
Forrest Pritchard, Emily Polushuk
Released September 10, 2018
Amazon / Powells / BN
If you have been dreaming of starting your own farm or are wanting to imagine the possibilities and practicalities of delving into starting your own farm, large or small, then Start Your Farm is for you. You can even have years of farming under your belt like myself but are looking for some new ideas or inspiration.
What really has caught me with this book was that the authors describe something in the beginning of the book that really resonates with me: