A Swineherd (IPAEng|ˈswaɪnhɜrd) is a person who looks after pigs. The term has fallen out of popular use in favour of 'pig farmer'.
Pig farming today is still carried out in a manner that can be compared to that practiced in
Roman times. Marcus Terentius Varrorecommended waiting until sows are one year and eight months old before mating them and recommended continuing to breed them until they were seven years old. Today sows can be mated at six or seven months, but it is not recommended to breed them more than three times. Mortality and parasiteinfections were more frequent in antiquity. Farmers therefore waited until they knew which sows were healthy before breeding from healthy sows. Modern pigs can breed earlier, possibly due to selective breeding but they weaken after the third litter.
wineherds in literature
Hans Christian Andersenwrote a Fairy talecalled, " The Swineherd".
Greek mythology, Eumaeus(or Eumaios) was Odysseus' swineherd before he left for the Trojan War.
* In the
Parableof the Prodigal Son, the younger son wastes his inheritanceand eventually has to become a swineherd.
Lloyd Alexander's books based on Welsh mythology, " The Chronicles of Prydain", the hero is a pig keeper, or swineherd.
Terry Pratchett Discworldnovel Guards! Guards!
* The character Gurth, in Sir Walter Scott's book "Ivanhoe" is a swineherd.
* The main character in the Disney movie "The Black Cauldron" is a swineherd.
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Swineherd — Swine herd , n. A keeper of swine. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
swineherd — c.1100, swynhyrde; see SWINE (Cf. swine) + HERD (Cf. herd) … Etymology dictionary
swineherd — ► NOUN chiefly historical ▪ a person who tends pigs … English terms dictionary
swineherd — [swīn′hʉrd΄] n. a person who tends swine … English World dictionary
swineherd — UK [ˈswaɪnˌhɜː(r)d] / US [ˈswaɪnˌhɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms swineherd : singular swineherd plural swineherds an old word for someone whose job was to look after pigs … English dictionary
swineherd — noun Date: before 12th century one who tends swine … New Collegiate Dictionary
swineherd — swineherdship, n. /swuyn herrd /, n. a person who tends swine. [bef. 1100; ME; late OE swynhyrde. See SWINE, HERD2] * * * … Universalium
swineherd — noun /ˈswɑɪnˌhɜːd/ A keeper of swine (pigs) … Wiktionary
swineherd — Synonyms and related words: cattleman, cowboy, cowgirl, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpuncher, drover, gaucho, goatherd, gooseboy, gooseherd, herder, herdsman, hogherd, horse wrangler, horseherd, pigman, puncher, sheepherder, sheepman, shepherd,… … Moby Thesaurus
swineherd — swine|herd [ˈswaınhə:d US hə:rd] n [: Old English; Origin: swinhyrde, from swin ( SWINE) + hyrde herdsman ] old use someone who looks after pigs … Dictionary of contemporary English