Resources

Factsheets

An Overview of Methods for Measuring the Impact of Sanitation Procedures for Swine Transport Vehicles

Publish Date: 04/10/2009

In todays swine industry, biosecurity protocols are perceived to be extremely important in order to protect the health status of a herd. While the easiest way to introduce a microorganism into a swine herd is through the introduction of infected animals, the potential for pathogen entry via contaminated fomites, i.e. boots, transport vehicles, etc. has…


Read More
Videos

Basic Pig Handling for Youth

Publish Date: 03/15/2016

Food animal performance and profitability, meat quality, individual safety, family dynamics, and consumer perspectives are all impacted by the way people work livestock on the farm, in transportation or at exhibition. Using proper pig handling and movement practices will not only contribute to good animal care and performance, but will improve pig and human safety and public perception as youth prepare, transport, and exhibit pigs at fairs and shows. Proper pig handling will also improve youth and their family's experience and success in raising a swine project for exhibition.


Read More
Factsheets

Introduction to Raising Pigs

Publish Date: 02/08/2016

Pigs are an adaptable and rapidly growing species that may be attractive for small and beginning farmers seeking to incorporate livestock into their farm. This factsheet summarizes typical performance of the type of pigs most commonly raised in the United States. Although these estimates are not universal, they are a starting point for developing a plan to raise pigs. Estimates of feed use for a sow and a litter of pigs to market as well as a glossary of terms and abbreviations commonly used in pig production literature are also presented.


Read More
Factsheets

How has selection for residual feed intake (RFI) affected the grow-finish pig's ability to cope with stress?

Publish Date: 03/07/2016

Feed is the largest cost in pork production; therefore, improving feed efficiency can increase producer profitability. Furthermore improved feed efficiency can support industry competitiveness, decrease the demand on global feed resources, and complement environmental sustainability. Genetically, selective breeding for residual feed intake (RFI) shows promise in meeting these increased demands. However, it is important to balance the benefits of feed efficiency selection with the pig’s ability to cope with stress and its welfare. Therefore, this factsheet will discuss physiological and behavioral stress research on swine selected on the basis of RFI.


Read More
Videos

Weighing Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Techniques to help youth weight their 4H and FFA show pig projects.


Read More
Videos

Walking Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Guidelines for youth preparing their pig projects for the show ring.


Read More
Videos

Record Keeping

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Methods, information and guidelines for record keeping in youth show pig projects.


Read More
Videos

Pig Comfort

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Keeping pigs comfortable is an important part of daily care for pigs. This video focuses on youth show pig projects.


Read More
Videos

Measuring Feed and Feeding Pigs

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Essential tips to ensuring youth show pigs are receiving the correct amount of feed at each feeding.


Read More
Videos

Loading the Trailer

Publish Date: 01/04/2016

Training tips for youth to load show pigs on to a trailer easily. Training tips for youth to load show pigs on to a trailer easily.


Read More

Type

Category