Jerusalem artichokes & pigs.Countryside: About Jerusalem artichokes: I had already checked for the artichokes at the grocery store, as Loni Bachelor suggested. The price was $5 a pound. I wanted more than a pound, as I wanted to use them for livestock feed.
When I wrote to Countryside requesting information on an inexpensive source I was deluged with artichokes! I had artichokes shipped to me from as far away as New York and Texas.
Then I received a call from a local countrysider. She invited me over to dig roots, and gave me two five-gallon buckets full! (That was also the first time I got to taste goat milk. It was delicious.)
Anyway, this was more than enough to get a small plot started.
I found that everybody loves the greens--not my family, of course, but the cows, goats, pigs and horses. The roots will be put through an old beet grinder and fed to the pigs to supplement their grain. I don't intend to truck farm the things; I just want to cut back on my feed bill and this seems to be the way to go.
About pigs: I agree with everything Mrs. S. Boggs said about starting them, with the exception of worming them and butchering gilts.
Piperazine piperazine /pi·per·a·zine/ (-zen) an anthelmintic used against Ascaris lumbricoides and Enterobius vermicularis; used as the citrate salt.
n. does not get all the worms. Better products are Atguard granules that are fed orally in a treat, or Ivomec injectable.
We have never had any problems butchering gilts in heat. If you butcher a boar, however, you will want to castrate it first or the meat may have a bad flavor.
I have just started raising weaner weaner
a young food animal in the period immediately after weaning and up to 6 to 8 months of age. Called also weanling.
weaner colitis pigs, but I have raised butcher hogs for years and have not had any complaints. We sell most of our hogs locally, but we also ship to Arizona and California.
It's futile to talk about wormers (or anthelmintics or vermifuges) for any livestock without knowing what kind of internal parasites are present. Swine can have several kinds of worms, and there are different wormers for each.
Hyostrongylus is a common parasite that causes unthriftiness unthriftiness
failure to grow or to put on weight as well as expected in the presence of adequate quantity and quality of feed, and in the absence of overt clinical signs of illness. Called also illthrift. See also weaner illthrift. . Recommended wormers are thiabendazole thiabendazole /thi·a·ben·da·zole/ (thi?ah-ben´dah-zol) a broad-spectrum anthelmintic used in the treatment of strongyloidiasis, trichinosis, and cutaneous or visceral larva migrans. , levamisole, and dichlorvos.
Ascaris Ascaris /As·ca·ris/ (-ris) a genus of nematode parasites of the large intestine. A. lumbricoi´des causes ascariasis.
ascaris /as·ca·ris/ (-ris or large roundworm infections can result in respiratory problems. Piperazine is a popular vermifuge vermifuge /ver·mi·fuge/ (ver´mi-fuj) anthelmintic (2).vermifu´gal
See anthelmintic. for this one because of its effectiveness and low toxicity, but dichlorvos, levamisole and others are also used.
Light to moderate infections of the intestinal threadworm threadworm /thread·worm/ (thred´werm) any long slender nematode, especially Enterobius vermicularis.
1. strongyloides often show no signs in the pig, although heavier infestations can result in diarrhea, anemia, emaciation emaciation /ema·ci·a·tion/ (e-ma?she-a´shun) a wasted condition of the body.
The process of losing so much flesh as to become extremely thin; wasting. , and death. Thiabendazole is effective here.
For yet another, Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus, there is no effective treatment.
Most stock raisers rely on a vet to identify parasite problems, and to recommend control measures.