Agriculture: Phrenological Pickers & Such

"My pigs live better than half the world," said Farmer William Conover of Rhodes, Iowa. Conover is right, of course. His coddled swine get plenty of food, shots, pills, antibiotics, running water and living space. Now they are going to have something even more remarkable: an automated maternity ward, invented by Conover, that will keep expectant pigs in the pink and enable one man to feed 46 sows in 3½ minutes through a feed mixer with a rotating arm. Conover's maternity ward (cost: $30,000) was displayed last week at an exhibit in Brookston, Ind., which drew a quarter of...

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