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.

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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.

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Aligning Incentives for Employees

Publish Date: 12/21/2011

Production agriculture is rapidly changing. Producers are constantly being asked to learn the latest technologies, new production practices, and keep up with regulations coming from an increasing number of interested agencies and parties. Not surprisingly, the skills necessary to successfully manage todays increasingly complex farming operations are rapidly evolving as well. Perhaps the most evident change is the size and scale at which farms are operating. For an operation to remain economically viable, farms must often hire additional labor beyond the family labor available. Hiring non-family employees is becoming more common for farms across the country.

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