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The Happy Pigs Taste Better cover
Pages:272 pages
Book Art:Black-and-white illustrations throughout, 8-page color insert
Size:7.5 x 9.5 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Pub. Date:June 18, 2019

Happy Pigs Taste Better

A Complete Guide to Organic and Humane Pasture-Based Pork Production

Available for Pre-Order. Release date: June 11, 2019



Available for pre-ordering

What does it take to raise a happy pig? Armed with experience from running the largest organic hog operation in Maine, author Alice Percy is well equipped to answer this question.

Pigs are much closer to their cousin, the wild boar, than other domesticated animals. Ethically managing pigs requires an understanding of their natural mannerisms, including factors such as social grouping, mating, territory, housing, and, of course, their love of wallowing in the mud.

In Happy Pigs Taste Better Percy offers a comprehensive look at raising organic, pasture-fed, gourmet meat. She advises readers on pasturing and feeding hogs organically, as well as managing the breeding herd and administering effective natural healthcare. In addition, she provides an overview of marketing and distribution for those looking to turn their hog farming operation into a lucrative business.

This book is the first of its kind to offer an in-depth approach to organic, high-welfare commercial production, including information on:

– Designing a hog business from the ground up

– Housing pigs, including benefits and drawbacks of various housing systems

– Evaluating the nutritional content of common organic feedstuffs

– Butchering humanely and economically

– Recordkeeping, with templates for financial tracking

Whether you’re looking to convert a conventional operation to organic, grow your backyard hog operation into a viable business, or start from scratch, this comprehensive book has got you covered, nose to tail.

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About Alice Percy

For ten years Alice Percy operated a commercial hog operation on her farm in Whitefield, Maine, becoming the largest certified hog producer in the state. Percy has mentored hog farming startups through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), and helped to develop the association’s Raising Organic Pigs fact sheet. She has presented workshops on organic hog husbandry at MOFGA events and the annual NOFA Summer Conference. She served on the MOFGA board from 2011 to 2018, including two years as board chair. Percy currently works as the manager of the Organic Growers Supply division at Fedco Seeds.

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