Sep 06 2014

Swine Cholera in Cynthiana in 1856

Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals

Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals

“Mr. W. S. Haviland, Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky, says:
In August, 1856, I lost about 30 per cent. of my hogs by cholera. I removed the remainder (about 85 head) from a blue-grass woodland pasture, supplied with a creek of running water, to a dry upland clover and timothy pasture having no water in it. They all seemed, at the time, to be more or less affected with the disease. I gave them all the corn they would eat, and regularly fed them six pounds of salt well stirred and mixed with fifty pounds of half-rotted, strong wood-ashes every seven days. They all got well, and I have never had any hogs do better than those eighty-five head did after their recovery. Of late years, while the disease is prevailing on adjoining farms to my own, I carefully notice my hogs, and when I discover lice or nits on them I wash them with soap-suds made of strong country soap, about once in ten days until all appearances of lice and nits have been removed. I then use soft soap, diluted with hot water to the thickness of thin molasses, besmear it over the head[…]”

Excerpt From: United States. Dept. of Agriculture. “Information in Relation to Disease Prevailing Among Swine and Other Domestic Animals.”

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