NGLISH LIVESTOCK WRITER WILLIAM YOUATT did not like American pigs. Writing in 1847, he commented that with their “long peaked snouts, coarse heads, thin chests, narrow shoulders, sharp backs, slab sides, meager diminutive hams, big legs, clumped feet, the hide of a rhinoceros, the hair and bristles of a porcupine, and as thick and shaggy as a bear’s; they have no capacity for digesting and concocting their food in the stomach for nourishment; there is nothing but offal:’ Youatt’s derision was common among English stockbreeders, who believed themselves to be the most advanced and sophisticated in the world, and who looked down their noses at the inferior breeds (and peoples) across the pond. But what Youatt did not realize was that at the time he was writing this, a revolution was occurring in Ohio’s Miami River Valley, that would transform the American pig and with it, the country’s entire agricultural system.

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