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Pig Anatomy in 3D - Scale Model [16cm]

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Porcine Anatomy - Internal abdominal organs: diaphragm, heart, pig liver, spleen, small intestine, swine lung, heart, stomach, trachea oesophagus. Skeleton bones: vertebral column, forelimb bones scapula humerus radius bone, metacarpus vertebrae leg bones metatarsus tibia fibula, also snout tail hock teeth ribs.


Pig Signals


Pigs are constantly giving out signals about their health, well-being and performance. The art is to perceive these signals and to use them to monitor and improve the nutrition, care and housing of your animals.

It is important not to jump to conclusions, but to keep asking yourself three questions: What do I see? Why has this happened? What does this mean?

For example, why is your sow defecating in a lying area? How did your piglet get that dry cough? Is the aggression shown by your grower-finishing pigs due to a struggle for dominance or a cold draught?

Using the knowledge from this book, you can take focused measures and improve your farm results. The Pig Signals Diamond will help you achieve this. Animal-oriented pig farming means working carefully. A mistake made yesterday can lead to problems tomorrow. So do something about it today. But it all begins with your desire to improve. Only then can you look, think and act!

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Farming For Beginners: The Backyard Animal Farm Guide To Farming Sheep, Raising Chickens, Turkeys, Pigs, Milking Cows, Goats, Honey Bees, Cattle
Basic Farming for Beginners: The Backyard Animal Farm Guide To Farming Sheep, Raising Chickens, Turkeys, Pigs, Milking Cows, Goats, Honey Bees, Cattle Farming: Volume 1 Paperback book
Everything a newcomer to farming or smallholding needs for success!

Do You Want To Know How To Get Started With Farming In The Simplest Way Possible? Simple instructions on how to farm with the most common types of farm animals? Maybe you are brand-new to farming, or maybe you are just curious and considering farming as a hobby or a new career?

  • How to choose the best type of land for your needs & How much land for each type of animal
  • Which type of equipment and tools are necessary. How to plan your grazing for optimum use
  • Which breeds of cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, poultry to choose
  • The benefits of grass-fed beef. How to milk a cow
  • How to handle your animals safely, in a stress-free way
  • How to brood chicks. How to butcher animals for home-raised meat
  • How to produce Goat milk, soap, cheese. How to collect honey from your hive.

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Pig In A Day with Hugh and Ray!
DVD: 148 mins
Pig-keeping, Butchering, Processing, Cooking - the delights of small scale pig management, nose to tail complete guide, instructions for making your own hams bacon sausages pork cuts, processing offal, equipment, recipes, cookery guide, Prosciutto

by TV Celebrity Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

  • The Joys of Pig-Keeping: Pig Husbandry - DIY Butchery Skills - Gourmet Cooking
  • Selecting & Training Pigs to Hunt Truffles
  • Home Butchering: Tools & Techniques
  • Butcher's Cuts: Preparation (first trimmings), Demonstration of jointing leg/ham, separating loin & belly, removing loin & chump end, boning out the chine bone, separation of long loin & sparerib joint [for a larger, slow roast], remove hand & hock from from belly, make loin chops, separate long loin & rack of ribs, preparing long loin & spare rib joint, bone out the blade bone, prepare thick end of belly
  • Sausages, Curing & Charcuterie: Sausages, Salamis, Dry-cured ham [Prosciutto Style], English traditional Brine-cured Ham [for boiling and baking], Herbs & Spices to use for Seasoning, Handling pig or sheep Intestines for sausage casings
  • Recipes: How to cook Brawn, Liver Pate, Stuffed tenderloin, Chinese ribs, Crispy brains, Devilled kidneys, Black pudding, Roast loin of pork with crackling, Pork loin in milk
  • Useful Organisations & Information [where to buy in UK]: Pig Equipment, Farm Livestock, Ingredients [flavourings, spices, preservatives], Casings for sausage-making, chipolatas etc
  • Charcuterie is the branch of COOKING PORK PRODUCTS devoted to prepared pigmeat products such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pÔtÚs and confit. The original traditional purpose was a way to preserve meats before the invention of refrigeration, but the modern art is concerned more with flavors derived from the preservation process.


    DVD: All About Pigs!

    All about Swine - intelligence, bomb-sniffing, organ transplantation, from laboratory to pig sty, donating eyes to pancreas the roles pigs play in our society. Bacon, ham, ribs and sausage production, pork specialties: prosciutto and acorn-fed pigmeat

    From Bomb-sniffing to Organ-transplantation to Dinner-plate. An exploration of those special Porcine Talents & The Roles Pigs play in Society

    Book: "How to Raise Pigs"

    Pig-keeping, Butchering, Processing, Cooking - the delights of small scale pig management, nose to tail complete guide, instructions for making your own hams bacon sausages pork cuts, processing offal, equipment, recipes, cookery guide, Prosciutto
    How to Keep Pigs for Pleasure or Profit, small scale or large. From choosing a breed to putting bacon & sausages on the table. From feeding to Breeding + a chapter on fences

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    Manage Projects Successfully - Steps to Success!
    Manage Projects Successfully - How to Make Things Happen on Time and on Budget - Steps to Success

    How to Make Things Happen on Time and on Budget!

    Juggling all the tasks and resources you need to make a project run smoothly can seem like an onerous task, but Manage Projects Successfully will help you do just that. Practical, easy to read and jargon-free, the book contains a quiz to assess strengths and weaknesses, step-by-step guidance and action points, top tips to bear in mind for the future, common mistakes and advice on how to avoid them, summaries of key points, and lists of the best sources of further help.

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    "Teach Yourself Pig Keeping"

    Teach Yourself How to Keep Pigs - Swine farming - hog management - pork productionSynopsis: Teach Yourself Pig-Keeping offers the amateur pig-keeper everything needed to make a success of this increasingly popular pursuit. Whether you are interested in breeding pigs, in meat production from a piggery, or just want the pleasure of their company, the guide will cover everything from the legalities, the basic equipment, picking breeds, understanding behaviour and how to breed or slaughter pigs.
    This manual also gives you advice on daily maintenance of your animal, from feeding to cleaning, and will offer ample resources for those not only wishing to produce meat, but also to market and sell it on a local level. The author has trained thousands of amateur pig-keepers on his weekend courses, and is fully qualified not only to instruct you in all elements, but to do so in a readable and user-friendly manner. With illustrations, diagrams and a full glossary, this is a guaranteed route to happy and healthy pigs.

    Tony York has been running courses for amateur pig-keepers for over 10 years, and has seen numbers of attendees triple in that time. He has made several television programmes on pig-keeping and is known in the community for his passionate commitment to furthering the cause of organic farming and smallholding, and for his expert communication skills.

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    "Complete Pig: An Entertaining History of Pigs"

    Complete Pig: An Entertaining History of Pigs & Swine - images of pigs in popular culture, porcine collectibles, classic advertisments using swine - popular media porkers such as Porky Pig and PigletSynopsis: Sara Rath provides an overview of popular breeds, the history of wild boar and domesticated pigs, tales of pigs in popular culture and folklore. Fascinating facts and information on "flying pigs", "hog calling", "greased pigs", pigs as pets, collecting pig memorabilia and "pig phrases".

    'The Complete Pig' has something for every piggy lover! Light-hearted, entertaining text is complemented by delightful illustrations including paintings and photographs of domestic and wild pigs, images of pigs in popular culture, porcine collectibles, classic advertisments using swine. Plus popular media porkers such as "Porky Pig" and "Piglet".

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    "Pigs: Keeping a Small-Scale Herd for Pleasure and Profit"Pigs Hogs - Smallholders Guide to Keeping Small Scale hobby swine herds for Fun & Self-sufficiency - Hobby Farming

    Published by Hobby Farm Press

    Synopsis: Pigs are intelligent, hardy animals that are easy to care for. Suitable for any smallholding farm or small-scale children's petting zoo. Written for both the inexperienced beginning owner as well as seasoned pig-keepers, This is a comprehensive pig-keeping guide covering all the essentials for owning and raising, complete with full-colour photos, helpful glossary and expert advice from experienced pig farmers. A useful manual for Self-sufficiency enthusiasts!
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    Build It! with Pallets - chairs, tables, fences, gates, chicken arks, planters, sheds, decking, cladding

    Self-Build - With Pallets!

    Palettes are often found abandoned on tips or dumped in skips, yet can be recycled into useful wood for making furniture, animal fences, farm gates, outdoor arks for chickens, sheds, decking, cladding etc. Engineer Joe Jacobs - owner of his own small-holding, pig and poultry unit, guides you in best techniques for breaking up pallets safely and ways to reclaimand restore the wood. He gives over 20 construction plans for furniture and equipment you can make from second-hand disused pallettes. Joe is a regular contributor to "Home Farmer" magazine and is author of the best-seller "Build It! - DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners".

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    Sow Colostrum   Hospitalisation Pens   Neonatal Piglets   Disinfection

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    Weaning the Pig:  Concepts and Consequences
    32 Authors include Prof. Peter Brooks, Dr. F. Madec, J.R. Pluske, J. Le Dividich & M.W.A. Verstegen
    Wageningen Agricultural University

    Weaning the weaner Pig - Housing Feeding Nutrition Diet and Management of Weaners

  • Growth of the weaned pig
  • Nutritional management of the pig in preparation for weaning
  • Behavioural changes & adaptations associated with weaning
  • Metabolic & endocrine changes in weaners around weaning
  • Factors affecting voluntary feed intake in weaned piglets
  • Digestive physiology of the weaner hog
  • Interactions: intestinal microflora, diet, diarrhoea - influence piglet health in post-weaning period
  • Aspects of intestinal immunity in the pig around weaning time
  • Nutritional requirements of the weaned pig
  • Intestinal nutrient requirements in weanling pigs
  • Environmental requirements & housing of weaned hogs
  • Saving and rearing underprivileged & supernumerary piglets - improving health at weaning
  • Providing assistance to piglets at birth, Cross-fostering, Split weaning
  • Growth potential of underprivileged piglets
  • All-in / All-out management system for farrowing and weaner housing
  • Segregated Early Weaning for Disease Control
  • Productivity and Longevity of Weaned Sows - Reproductive causes of culling
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    On the Farm by Jimmy Doherty - The book of the famous smallholding TV series Jimmy's Farm
    "On the Farm" by Jimmy Doherty
    The book of the famous TV series "Jimmy's Farm"

    The book gives a fuller picture of the process of building the smallholding farm and what life was like doing it plus more insight into the character of Jimmy Doherty himself and how he coped with setbacks and frustrations. An informative and enjoyable read.
    The book tells of Doherty's sheer hard work and determination to create a rare breed farm with no experience at all. It also has some useful practical farming tips and recipes on extensive welfare-friendly organic livestock farming and on cooking and selling high quality meat products including the famous Jimmy Doherty "love sausage".

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