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David Brown

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The Virgin Pig Keeper: A Pair of Pigs in the Garden

About The Book

The first purchase for anyone thinking about keeping a couple of pigs in the garden. Retired pig-breeder David Brown gives friendly expert advice that will inform and entertain the virgin pig keeper on every aspect of their new hobby. He covers everything from where to put them, how to buy them, feeding, health and disease, husbandry and stress, and the end result - including how to make the best sausages you are ever likely to taste!

In addition, he runs through all the regulations involved, includes a fascinating chapter on the history of keeping pigs, and gives an insight into some of the disasters he has suffered during his many years of keeping his favourite animals. The book is illustrated with amusing pencil drawings that complement the dry humour of the text beautifully.

Additional Information

Author David Brown
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 128pp
ISBN 9781873580790
Publication date April 2010
Book Type Softcover


  • Introduction.
  • Where to put them: Buildings, runs, fences and beds to keep them content.
  • How to buy your pigs: Types, breeds and where to get advice.
  • Moving and handling: Preparations, reactions and competent handling.
  • Feeding: Pigs eat nearly anything but you must know what
  • Health, disease and vets: Common problems, who and what to ask.
  • Husbandry and stress: How to think from the pig's point of view.
  • Regulations: How to cope with bureaucracy.
  • The end result: Succulent pork and the best ever sausages
  • History fragments: Ancient breeding, opium and the ten properties of a woman.
  • Disasters: Everyday life on a pig unit.
  • Useful contacts.
  • Equipment suppliers.
  • Bibliography.

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