Poland China Hogs in an Alfalfa Pasture, Kansas

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Hogs are extensively raised in the corn belt. Corn and hogs are linked in most farmers' thoughts just as coal and iron ore are with men working in minerals. In seven of our Middle Western meat packing centers, 20,000,000 hogs have been marketed yearly. Chicago is the largest hog market in the world. More than corn is needed to fatten hogs and to keep them healthy. They thrive on red clover. In recent years alfalfa has been more and more used as a forage crop. It is rich in the food that cattle, horses and hogs need, and grows much more rapidly than red clover. It can stand more dry weather, and is, moreover, a good fertilizer for the soil. Alfalfa is raised for hay as well as for pasture. It is cut, dried, and put into barns or stacks for winter feeding. It makes excellent cattle feed in this form. The view shows a fine herd of Poland China hogs enjoying a feed of alfalfa. The Poland China is one of the best varieties of lard hog. That is, its meat is largely fat. It fattens rapidly, and responds well to feeding. It is quiet by nature, and attractive in appearance. Its color is black with white markings. The breed was started in the Miami Valley, Ohio. It is a cross between many kinds of swine, one of which was from China. Another was supposed to have been from Poland, hence the name. For a long time the breed was built up by crossing with other strains, and was spoken of as the Warren County (Ohio) hog. It is now known only as the Poland China. What other breeds of hogs do you know of ? If you wished to raise bacon hogs would you select Poland Chinas? Keystone ID: 16736 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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