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This Plain Text version has been prepared using the Latin 1 character set only. Italic typeface is indicated by underscore . Bold typeface, which is used in the advertisements only, is indicated by =equals=. The oe ligature is indicated by the use of square brackets: [oe].

Where changes have been made to the text (of typographical errors etc.) these are listed at the end of the book.

[Illustration: Frontispiece. Photo, Reid, Wishaw. BREEDING SOWS OF THE LARGE AND MIDDLE WHITE BREEDS.

The Middle White Sow in the forefront (the property of the Author) was one of the best ever bred, "Holywell Countess Victoria."]

THE PIG

THE PIG BREEDING, REARING, AND MARKETING

BY

SANDERS SPENCER

London C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. Henrietta Street 1919

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

INTRODUCTION 13

I. NON PEDIGREE PIGS 19

II. PURE BREEDS (with Standard Descriptions and Scales of Points) 26

III. CROSS BRED PIGS 39

IV. DENTITION AND AGE OF PIGS 49

V. SELECTION OF THE BOAR 54

VI. SELECTION OF THE SOW 63

VII. THE SOW'S UDDER 67

VIII. MATING THE YOUNG SOW 72

IX. THE FARROWING SOW 79

X. WEANING PIGS 91

XI. THE REARING OF YOUNG PIGS 97

XII. HOUSING OF PIGS 107

XIII. THE EXHIBITION OF PIGS 113

XIV. PRESENT AND FUTURE PIG KEEPING 125

XV. PIG FATTENING 131

XVI. A PIG CALENDAR 148

XVII. DISEASES OF THE PIG 157

XVIII. THE CURING OF PORK 171

INDEX 182

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

BREEDING SOWS OF THE LARGE AND MIDDLE WHITE BREEDS Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

LARGE BLACK BOAR, "DRAYTON KING" 16

PAIR OF L.C.C. GILTS, EXHIBITED AT SMITHFIELD SHOW 1914 17

A BERKSHIRE SOW 32

LARGE BLACK SOW, "SUDBOURNE SADIE" 33

THREE MIDDLE WHITE BREEDING SOWS 48

A MIDDLE WHITE BOAR 49

TAMWORTH BOAR: BISHOP OF WEBTON 64

GLOUCESTER OLD SPOT SOW 65

LARGE WHITE BOAR 80

TAMWORTH SOW, "QUEEN OF THE FAIRIES" 81

MIDDLE WHITE SOW 96

CUMBERLAND SOW 97

LARGE WHITE SOW, "WORSLEY SUNBEAM" 112

LARGE WHITE ULSTER BOAR 113

INTRODUCTION

There are few points in the breeding of stock on which a greater variation of opinion has been confidently expressed than on the origin of the domesticated pig. It has been contended that our various types had a common origin in the wild hog, and that the difference in form, colour, and character amongst the local breeds is due, in the main, to the requirements, imaginary or real, of the interested residents in the particular districts. On the other hand, it is asserted with equal confidence, and probably with the same amount of actual proof, that it would be impossible so to improve the wild hog by selection as to render it the equal of the domesticated hog... Continue reading book >>




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