Americans love pork, but they are fed up with skyrocketing supermarket prices and increasingly horrified by the realities of factory farming. No animal, except perhaps the chicken, is treated more cruelly under industrial confinement conditions than pigs. Homegrown Pork shows how to raise a pig safely and humanely in one's own backyard.
Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tenderloin, ham, ribs, bacon, sausage, and more. For anyone who wants to raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm, this comprehensive guide explains exactly how to do it, humanely and safely. Livestock expert Sue Weaver covers everything from selecting a breed with great flavor and bringing your shoat home to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing.