THIS LITTLE PIGGIE WENT TO MARKET: HOGS IN KANSAS, 1922
View the book online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library here:
HOGS IN KANSAS, 1922
The farm/rural life experience ended on my family tree with my parents, who both grew up in small towns. My Dad spent the first part of his childhood on a farm near Lucas, Kansas, then moved into town. My Mom grew up in a small town, New Berlin, New York. Both towns were primarily farm communities do they were acquainted with rural life.
I grew up in a large urban area... a city boy. I've lived in Kansas for many years but all of that time has been spent in larger towns. So I had an eye opener when we added the 1922 tome, "Hogs in Kansas," to the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library, this week.
Published by the Kansas State Board of Agriculture in 1923, this 426 page volume is a basic handbook for those who raise, slaughter and market swine (pigs and hogs). It covers everything from birth to death in great detail... with photographs! After going through it, inputting the table of contents I gained a new understanding. Bacon does NOT arrive on this planet in plastic packages ready for the supermarket! Looking at some of the photos I was strongly convinced that perhaps, like our oldest daughter, I should consider vegetarianism. But... Bacon! Mmmmmmm!
But back to the book. Here's the table of contents so you can see what went into bringing that little piggie to market:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
The Pig Crop -- Feeds and Feeding -- Feeds: Value and Popularity -- Kinds of Feed Fed Different Classes of Hogs, and When -- Weight of Hogs at Different Ages -- Feeding Runts -- Hogging Down Corn -- Other Crops Hogged Down or Stubble Gleaned -- Self-feed or Cafeteria System of Hog Feeding -- Where Feeding is Done -- Supplying Water -- Shelter and Conveniences -- Length of Life of Hog Houses -- Construction of a Central Hog House -- Where to Place Windows in Hog Houses -- Hog Fences -- Feeding Troughs -- Dipping Tanks -- Artificial Hog Wallow -- Open Sheds and Shelters -- Portable Fence Panels -- Creeps -- Sunshades -- Sanitation and Disease -- Castrating Boar Pigs -- Ringing and Snouting -- Marketing -- Butchering and Curing -- Classification of Swine -- Proper Feeding of Herd -- Other Things Necessary Besides Feed -- Exercise on the Show Circuit -- Handling Show Herd While in the Ring -- Be Careful About the Feeding While on the Show Circuit -- A Word to the Exhibitor and Fair Manager -- Balanced Ration -- Per Cent of Feed Consumed -- Effect of Exercise on Gains -- Influence of Palatability of Feed -- Comfort -- Good Breeding -- Pasture Feeding -- Prevention and Control of Disease -- Abortion -- Indigestion in Swine -- Rickets, Jaundice, Rupture, Lung-worm, Diarrhoea, Scours, Rheumatism, Intestinal Worms, Paralysis, Hog Cholera -- Shipping in Stock Hogs -- Pork Packing -- Cooperative Livestock Shipping Associations -- Terminal Costs of Marketing Hogs, 1921 -- Local Expenses of Cooperative Shipping Associations -- Cost of Cooperative Marketing of Hogs in the Corn Belt -- Shrinkage and Fill of Hogs in Marketing / H.T. Morgan, hog specialist.