There isn’t anything I did not like about this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. The book isn’t complicated to read. The book is very well written and quite charming. There was’t any part of the book which I felt that the pace slowed down. I loved how the author made his experience about the pigs so personable. -Amazon Review
An inspiring and amusing story of a young man, right out of college, who suddenly finds himself as manager of a commercial hog farm, a job he knows little about. Along the way, he meets some interesting characters among the hogs, and ends up learning a lot about life…and himself.
Join Vally on his journey, and see if you can discover what kinds of things you can learn from a pig.
About the Author
Vally Mulford From a distance, I remember watching the deer emerge from the forest one evening, just at dusk, to eat in the fields of our family farm. There were two or three babies in the small herd, and I recall watching with great interest as the fawns ran and jumped, playing with each other. This was obviously the highlight of their day. I felt a connection to the joy of those little ones. Being a child myself at the time, I too loved to play.
In the many years since, I’ve learned that animals feel not only the thrill of fun, but fear, anger, sorrow, longing, jealousy, and love. Maybe it’s because their lives aren’t quite as complicated as ours, that it seems that the emotion of their lives arises more simply. There have been times In my life when I have felt the love, the affection, and the trust of certain animals towards me and I feel grateful to have received such a wonderful and refreshing gift from them, because expressed out of a degree of innocence, it feels also somehow pure.
This book lived as scribbled notes on pieces of paper stuffed into a file folder and collected for nearly ten years, long after I was no longer a hog farmer. I finally finished the book and published it in 2002. Now, twenty years later, I felt the need to update the book and publish the 2nd edition. Not because the true story has changed, but because the storyteller has become just a little bit better (hopefully) at telling the story this time around.
I’ve always felt uncomfortable talking about myself. I’d much rather talk about what I know and understand. My life centers around my family, my wife Julie and our five children, and a growing number of grandchildren.
I have a file folder of notes and ideas from another crazy career choice I made. Just like my hog farm experience, it happened rather suddenly, and left me with plenty of memories. Julie keeps encouraging to write another book. I guess I better get busy.