Commercial Agriculture Newspaper
Vol. 19, No. 2
PDF version of newspaper (1.08 MB)
Did you know...
From Oklahoma State University Extension
In the past hogs were fed table scraps and had a reputation for eating just about anything. The meat from hogs fed that way was very high in fat. The hogs would eat corn, grass, clover or even table scraps that would have otherwise become garbage. The word "hogwash", meaning something that is worthless, came from this practice.
In some areas hogs would be turned out to find their own food. Hogs would roam freely, eating what they could find-acorns from the ground or roots, which they dug up with their snouts. On Manhattan Island, New York, the hogs rampaged through grain fields until farmers were forced to build a wall to keep them out. The street running along this wall became Wall Street.
Today's swine producers are more careful about what they feed their animals. Modern hogs eat corn, wheat and soybean meal. Vitamins and minerals are added to increase growth and improve health. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have decreased or eliminated many of the swine diseases and parasites that hogs contracted from dirt.
For more information on the Commercial Agriculture program,
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