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Excerpt from HogsThe author has not undertaken to write a thesis, but having commenced the business of swine breeding when quite a young man and following it for practically forty years, he has been requested to write this book along practicalMoreExcerpt from HogsThe author has not undertaken to write a thesis, but having commenced the business of swine breeding when quite a young man and following it for practically forty years, he has been requested to write this book along practical lines.Beginning with a pair of young pigs many years ago, the only way anything concerning the subject has been learned has been by actual experience. This experience has been costly, but what is learned at the greatest expense one never forgets.For many years the writer did all his own work in the business of swine breeding and feeding as well as showing. He gained in knowledge as he gained in experience. I cannot recall any labor or duties connected with the feeding and breeding of swine that I have not carried on personally, and step by step grown in the business from the smallest possible beginning until a trade has been built up that extends throughout the United States and into foreign countries. Being of a temperament that never gives up, and with a determination to-stick to the business through thick and thin, I have never wavered from my determination to make it a success and a permanent business.Early I decided to follow the purebred business, selling principally to breeders, and feeding for market hogs that did not come up to a standard of excellence necessary to satisfy customers. I have never had any reason to change my first decision. Of course, in the early days it was a hard matter to find customers, but good care, feeding and advertising and the following of the showring, gradually brought us to the attention of farmers and breeders, and as the years came and went I could see a gradual increase of business and of knowledge regarding it, and each year I went out a little stronger in the showring, did a little more business over the circuit and found a larger correspondence at home- all of which was gratifying and encouraging. It was my good fortune also to believe in system in all things, and to system I attribute much of my success later.Careful records were kept of all animals - breeding dates, farrowing dates, marking of the litters, and disposition of the same, showing to whom sold and prices received- correct accounts regarding expenses and receipts, making a thorough system of bookkeeping. It has always been our custom promptly to answer all correspondence, keeping a carbon copy of the reply to every letter. Before typewriters were used, all letters were written with a pen, and a letter press was used in taking an impression in the copy book. It is no trouble for us today to turn to any years business, or to find out, if the question is asked, what animal we sold to a certain man years ago.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.