The Incredible, Edible Pig

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There is no finer group of folks in this world than that of a hog farmer. They don’t sing songs about hog farmers like they do cowboys, but in this protein deprived world livestock farmers know that they’re keeping this world spinning. With mud on their boots and dings on their pickup, hog farmers really know how to live high on the hog and low on her hocks. A pig to many people is a pink mud covered creature with a swirly tail and cute oink. Well, although this is partially true there is a lot more to raising swine than meets the eye. Out of all major livestock, none is more misunderstood than the hog because of past myths and unlawful owners, but things could be different in the future once people realize why we raised them in the first place. Feeder pig production is the best way to get into farming. Columbus brought pigs and sheep over for the simple reason of them being so small. A pig has small eyes, curly tail, and a snout for a nose. It has short legs with a thick body and four toes on each foot in a hoof type fashion used for walking. Pigs are omnivores and scavenge for any kind of food including worms, garbage, bark off a tree, and even rotting carcasses. They are foraging animals in the wild eating mostly leaves and roots, but everything else above can be included. Pigs have a long special bone that almost no other animal has running down their snout called the prenasal bone. This sense organ is very sensitive and allows them to dig deep into soil and find things that not even your average dog or wild coyote could find. When you forget to feed your hogs imagine how beneficial it is for them being able to find their own food anytime they wish. Many livestock owners have cattle that they raise instead of pigs, but they ... ... middle of paper ... ... Breeding & Genetics 128.1 (2011): 15-27. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Duroc Swine." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2013): 1. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Hampshire Swine." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2013): 1. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Juška, Remigijus, et al. "The Growth Performance and Behaviour of Pigs Raised in Conventional and Alternative Systems." Veterinarija Ir Zootechnika 57.79 (2012): 22-30. Academic Search Premier. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Klober, Kelly. A Guide to Raising Pigs. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Communications, Inc., 1949. Print. Loon, Dirk. Small-Scale Pig Raising. Charlotte, Vermont: Garden Way Publishing, 1978. Print. Odegard, Heather. Personal interview. 18 Jan. 2014. Thu, Kendall. Pigs, Profits, and Rural Communitites. Albany, New York: U of NY press, 1998. Print.

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