Piglet Nu­tri­tion Notes: Vol­ume One

Country Smallholding - - Book Reviews - by Ioan­nis Mavromichalis (5M, £14.95)

The first in a se­ries of short but in­cred­i­bly de­tailed books on feed­ing the grow­ing pig, this is aimed at the se­ri­ous pig keeper, to whom max­i­mum sur­vival and good growth rates are para­mount.

It may ap­pear, at first glance, to be a lit­tle too tech­ni­cal for the novice pig keeper who hasn’t had the ben­e­fit of study­ing a bi­o­log­i­cal science, but it is writ­ten in a very easy-to-read style, so don’t be put off. If you have a real in­ter­est in an­i­mal nu­tri­tion and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to do the best for your pigs, you’ll find it re­ward­ing and il­lu­mi­nat­ing.

I’m a real ad­vo­cate of sticking to ready-made pig feed when peo­ple are just start­ing off with pigs. Why? Be­cause the com­pa­nies that pro­duce them have spent decades get­ting the fine-tuning right, mak­ing sure that each feed con­tains ex­actly what pigs need at each stage of their lives. Read this book be­fore try­ing to cut cor­ners by mix­ing your own home-made ra­tions. It might make you think twice.

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