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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - March 15, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than circa Laflin vol. Lxii. No. 11. Des m01nes, Iowa March 15, 1917. Whole no. 3101 is copies at present almost the spotlight Center of the stage. If he has been the mortgage lifter in the past when prices ranged from 3 to 6 cents a Pound on foot what shall we say now when values Are running from 12 to 15 cents a Pound he is not Only rooting the mortgage off the farm at Breakneck Pace but he is making it possible for his owner to enjoy the luxuries of life in a manner never before known. It is not uncommon to find instances where one litter of pigs has sold for before they were ten months old. These figures Are Sim ply astounding and there is no immediate Prospect of a serious slump in values. Under the circumstances it would be unadulterated sightedness on the part of any Man to neglect his hogs during these piping times. The Home Stead has Given a Good Deal of at Tention this Winter to the care and management of hogs including methods of feeding but at this time a word is in order in regard to methods of housing. There is a wide Range to choose from because some breeders Are having exceedingly Good Success with the so called individual House costing anywhere from to while others Are loud in their Praise of the Central Plant surrounded by suitable pens and Yards. To the latter Type belongs the so called Iowa Community sunlit hog House which has been originated and developed at the Iowa Experiment station. As indicated in the illustration the Walls of this House Are made of hollow tile which Means that advantage is taken of a dead air space within the Wall than which there is no better Means of keeping out the cold. This House is designed to extend from North to South so that from Sunrise to Sun set the warm rays of the Sun Are shining into the pens a series of windows being placed in the roof for this purpose. It will be noticed in the illustration that there Are two ventilators placed on the top a most important feature of the hog House construction. In the building of any hog House provision must be made to carry off the moist air which emanates from the pens so called sunlit Community hog House. And it is claimed for the hollow tile House that the amount of moisture in the Interior is reduced to the minimum. It is impossible to Ove Tempha importance of plenty of direct sunlight the Sun is the great germ destroyer and every a 4x8 House built on runners. Swine breeder has scores of times observed Little pigs snuggle themselves together in order to catch a Ray of sunlight. It May be built any de sired size but a very convenient size is one Twenty two feet wide by thirty two feet Long this will allow for ten pens five on each Side 6x8 in size and there will be a six foot Alley through the Center. By dropping out one pen a feed bin can be placed in one Cor Ner in the construction of a House of this Type it generally pays to put in a Concrete floor right in the beginning. Then you a per manent Structure that is easily kept clean and disinfected. By the sen sible use of bedding Little pigs will do Well on this kind of a floor and in any event Little expense is involved in putting Down a Tempo Rary movable wooden floor. This might be needed at times when the weather is Damp and there is but Little Sunshine. Turning now to an entirely differ ent kind of hog House we find types that Are Inex tiie same time they answer to m Aii s who Are not in a position to make the outlay for a permanent hog House. Generally these houses Are 6x8 in dimensions and they Are built on 4x4 runners. In some instances Glass is placed in the roof while in other cases a hinged door an Swers the purpose Well. The use of the movable House makes it pos sible to use pastures rather More conveniently than where there is a Central hog House. With one of these houses it is possible to place the sow and her litter in a Small pasture and the pigs raised with out the annoyance of having one litter Rob another. Those who have used this system Are Able to raise a much More uniform Bunch of pigs than where All sows run together. By placing the houses on new ground from time to time there is not the same danger from infection As there is with a Central House though it must be said of the latter that where Concrete is used for the floors it is not expensive to disinfect. Another argument in favor of the individual hog House is quiet at farrowing time and one sow can be placed in her own Little dwelling so that she will not be Dis Turbed by other members of the Herd. Then it is entirely practicable where a considerable number of hogs Are raised for mar Ket purposes to place the Small houses in a Row and in that Case they make a Good Windbreak with a Little Straw or manure banking. Convenient House for an unruly old sow Sunshine penetrates Glass roof and warms the Interior. I

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