Jan 102017
Why and how to raise pigs

Okay … Right off the bat I need to admit it.  This post is self-serving.  I wrote a book and I want y’all to buy it, but only if you have a use for it though.  A lot of the information here on JuicyMaters is homesteading related and many of y’all may be considering raising a few head of livestock and pigs are ideal for the small landowner/homesteader/micro-farmer.  This is perfect for you.  It covers everyting from breed selection to breeding, birthing and raising pigs to frugal pig housing, micro-pasture management and health issues.  The book has it all.

Why and how to raise pigs

My new book on why and how to raise pigs.
Amazon Kindle link:

For my friends here…for those members of the JuicyMaters family…that visit JuicyMaters for the yurt information, I owe you an apology.  I’ve promised you a book on yurts for quite a while.  Each time I started it I just couldn’t seem to push thru and give you a good book.

That has (I think) changed.  On this pig book I changed writing software and now I just have to write, not pay attention to a bunch of technical detail on book construction.  The yurt book will make an appearance…soon.

For you homesteader, self-sufficiency members of the JuicyMaters family who are considering raising livestock for a micro-farm, this book leads you thru all you need to know in order to successfully raise pigs, the ideal homesteaders’ livestock (after chickens).  Whether you are raising one or two a year for your freezer or breeding them to sell live piglets to others this book is a good how-to manual for newbie pig farmers.

The book starts with selecting an appropriate breed and covers breeding, raising piglets, raising feeder/growers, and maintaining breeding stock.  It covers pasture needs and maintenance.

Pigs are a simple, healthy, hearty animal that rarely has health issues, but the book also covers pig disease prevention and treatment, along with the associated topic of biosecurity.

If you decide to buy the book please review it on Amazon (it is currently available only on Kindle, but should be in print shortly) and come back to this post and let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on the book.

Purchase link:

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  2 Responses to “Is raising pigs hard? Hardly. Here is a book to prove it!”

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  1. Hey Bubba Bob,
    Almost 90 now and cleaning out some files from way back when I was havin a few problems in Pickens and you had some with the Barney Fife deputy, I wrote a poem for you that was to be sung to the tune of “Go Johnny Go” If’n you cash in on this one you gonna owe me some of them big bucks. Yer frens Dale & Mel Burdge — Here tis.

    Way up on Burnt Mountain nigh up in the clouds
    Long back in the woods far away from them crowds
    There stood a little shack made of junk and stuff
    Where lived a country boy who liked to huff and puff
    He’d never ever learned to stay out of a fight
    And he liked to play words with all his might
    GoGp – Go Bubba Go – Gogo – Bubba yer goodI

    He shorely sold his peanuts far and wide
    Way down in Tate and Pickens County side
    The folks used to see him at his peanut stand
    A stompin and a chompin just to beat the band
    He sang his sad song to all that’d listen
    Till they all got tired of the moanin and a pissin
    GoGo -Go Bubba Go- GoGo – Bubba be nice

    He milked his goats and cared for his bees
    Sold that honhy and made lotsa cheese
    He was workin on his shack one sunny day
    Tossed out some trash to hear him say
    Along come a depaty like Barney Fife
    Who said to Bubba ‘You’dbetter be nice’
    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba he bad

    ‘Clean up that junk and all that’s trashed
    Git rid of them bees or you’ll get bashed
    I dont fool aroun with them’s named Hales
    So do as I say or you’ll rot in jails’
    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba be meek

    Ol’ Bubba took offense at whut Barney said
    And he tried to splain he’d ruther be dead
    Than to have someone tell him whut to do
    Jus where, when and how to do it too
    Barney took it on hisself to break Bubba’s back
    But Bubba warnt one to cut nobody slack
    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba be back

    He said ‘I won’t put up that that Barney Fife’
    Then went to the Sheriff jus tryin to be nice
    But they stonewalled Bubba hopin he’d go away
    Bubba said to hissef “They gonne rue this day
    I’ll go to court as far as I can
    I’ll sell them goats, bees and all my lan”
    GoGo – Go Bubba G0p – Go Go – Bubba be gone

    Bubba did his best, but it did’n work
    The judge saw Bubba as just a jerk
    Barney Fife, the Angel in the judge’s eye
    That rulin’ sent Bubba high up in the sky
    With a $500 fine and mighty unkind words
    Bubba took it all cuz he was dealin with turds
    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba now sad

    On higher appeal Bubba won his case
    Got back his money and saved his face
    As he should have ,with his heart held high
    But Bubba warnt done and wouldn’t let it die
    He said thars no jjustice cause Barney lied
    Barney gets no punishment and saves his hide
    GoGo – Go Bubba G0 – GoGo Bubba get even

    You never know where this will end
    Cause you never know who’ll be yor fren
    Who’ll tell the trurth, who’ll throw out lies
    With uppity cops and other guys
    Good luck Bubba – whutever happens
    I’m with you and I ain’t crappin.
    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba didn lose

    GoGo – Go Bubba Go – GoGo – Bubba you Won Won – Won -Won – Won – Won – Won – Won

  2. Dang Dale You put some work in that! What do you call it…”Ode to Bubba Bob”?

    I appreciate the effort, and hope you and Mel are doing good. I’m still just sitting up here on the mountain, same place, enjoying living in my yurt, raising my pigs and writing my next book.


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