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Thinking of Starting a Pork Farm ?
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Websites that Dr.Gilbert Hollis advised me when I asked him where to start. Click here for more links

Pork Industry Handbook
The very best resource book on pork production is the Pork Industry Handbook
Pork Industry Handbook -> $ 75.00
Pork Industry Handbook CD-ROM -> $ 50.00
Pork Industry Handbook & CD -> $ 115.00
Breeds of Swine
It is believed that the majority of the breeds we now know are descended from the Eurasian Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). Archaeological evidence from the Middle East indicates domestication of the pig occurs as early as 9,000 years ago, with some evidence for domestication even earlier in China.
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Purchasing a Herd Boar for Commercial Swine Production
Success in commercial swine production is determined by a pork producer's ability to use resources efficiently. However, the level of efficiency that can be obtained is set by the genetic merit of the breeding herd. The genetic merit of the breeding herd is established by the crossbreeding program used and the introduction of new seedstock either by purchasing females or boars.
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Artificial Insemination in Swine: Breeding the Female
Artificial insemination (AI) in swine is not a new technique. There are reports as early as the 1930s of collecting semen for insemination. However, use of AI in the United States has skyrocketed in the past decade. It is important to remember that AI is a tool that will work for your operation only if you are willing to manage and use it properly.
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Why raising a pig is fun
Feeding one or more pigs to sell as market animals is probably one of the most common 4-H livestock projects. It doesn't require a large amount of money or expensive buildings and equipment and it can be completed in about four months. Read more...


Swine Care Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to provide pork producers with the latest information available on proper swine care.

Plan for Herd Health When Starting a Swine Operation
Herd health is a very important consideration for producers starting a swine operation. The health needs of the swine herd vary somewhat depending on the type of operation you choose, but certain disease prevention concepts apply to any swine operation.

Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute
EMAI scientists discovered a new Paramyxovirus in pigs, which causes sows to produce litters with large numbers of mummified and stillborn piglets or piglets with birth defects. Read more...

Breeds of pigs - Landrace
The Landrace breed was developed in Denmark by first crossing the native pig with the Large White. The result was then improved upon during years of testing and breeding under strict government control. The Danes refused to export live pigs until World War II, when the best specimens of the breed were exported to Sweden Read more...
NSW Agriculture conducts world-renowned scientific research in almost all areas of farm production and marketing, including crops, livestock, pastures, horticulture and nursery products. It's really a good place to learn, and they have a lot on Pigs.
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Comparing Costs of Hog Production in the Midwest With Large Integrated North Carolina Systems
Large integrated systems of pork production have been growing dramatically in North Carolina. On the other hand, the Midwest remains the dominant regional production center. As an example in 1993, the 12 North Central States marketed 78 percent of the nation's pork. However, the historical dominance of the Midwest has eroded over the past few years.
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Weaned Pig Management and Nutrition
For most Nebraska producers with adequate nursery facilities, weaning at 21 to 28 days of age appears to provide the best compromise between weaned pig performance and potential pigs per sow per year. Weaning at ages consistently younger than 21 days has not proven to increase pigs per sow per year in most herds and the problems in handling the weaned pig have proven taxing to even the most dedicated manager.
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Swine Care Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to provide pork producers with the latest information available on proper swine care. These practices are recommended for safe, humane, and efficient pork production on U.S. farms. Several different types of production systems are used that have some common considerations for animal welfare, but each production system also has individual areas that need to be specifically addressed. Research and development are ongoing in the pork industry. As more information becomes available on improved production practices or facility designs, the recommendations on appropriate swine care practices provided in this handbook will be updated.
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Providing Managerial and Production Economics
Economic Modeling of Swine Lean Growth
Costs of Alternative Dead Hog Dispasal Methods
Cost Analysis of Swine Mortality Composting
Staying Competitive In Today's Pork Business
Keeping Small Scale Producers Competitive
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Positioning Your Pork Operation for the 21st Century
The pork industry is awash in change which threatens the survival of pork producers and support industries. But by understanding the reasons for change and aligning your business in the proper direction, you can turn change from a threat to an opportunity. Read more...

Swine Production
Expect to learn the basic biology, facilities, and management of commercial swine. Features of this site include: an introduction to swine production in the U.S., swine biology, swine facilities, a comprehensive site outline, glossary of swine terms, Read more...

How an Independent producer Implemented 21st Century Pork Technology!
Fred Minor attended a "Positioning Your Pork Operation for the 21st Century" meeting hosted by Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in early 1995. He said, "I was struck by the number of different technologies that have become available." Fred had always considered himself to be a well-managed and profitable pork producer. Read more...

Staying Competitive In Today's Pork Business!
The changes are numerous, and they are complex. It is an environment in which decision making is difficult. Nearly everyone has questions: How do I keep up with the technology? Can I remain independent? Will market outlets remain available? Will production shift to other regions? Will integration dominate? Can I compete?
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ISU Swine Enterprise Records Program
The annual ISU Swine Enterprise Record Program State Summary is used by producers to determine their competitive position and to set production and financial goals for their operation.
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Management and Nutrition of the Bred Gilt and Sow
The most important economic trait in swine production is the number of pigs weaned per sow per year. It is essential that all breeding females conceive promptly, farrow large litters, and wean a high percentage of the pigs farrowed. While a fertile boar is properly used with optional sow management, approximately 95 percent of the normal ova production should be fertilized. Management for maximum reproductive performance involves correct breeding, nutrition, herd health, and environment.
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Colleges & Universities
University of Georgia Swine Commodity Group
University of Hawaii Swine Information
University of Illinois PorkNet
Iowa Pork Industry Center - Iowa State University
Kansas State University Swine Information
University of Kentucky Swine Publications
University of Minnesota Swine Research Topics
University of Nebraska Swine Information
North Carolina State University Swine Research
Purdue University Swine Information
Texas A&M Swine Information
Texas Tech University Pork Industry Institute
University of Wisconsin Swine Research & Teaching Center

Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service
E-Answers
E-answers is a searchable Web site that provides reliable, research-based information on a wide range of Extension or Outreach-oriented subjects. From this source you can access the knowledge of Land Grant universities around the nation.
APHIS Swine Futures Project
APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants, improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness, and contributing to the national economy and the public health.
Auburn University Extension Swine Program (Alabama)
Iowa State University Swine Extension Publications
Montana State University Swine Extension
Nebraska Pork Central
Nebraska Swine Extension Publications
North Carolina State University Extension Swine Husbandry
Ohio State University Extension Pork Industry Centre
Oklahoma State University Swine Publications
University of Georgia Pork Link
University of Minnesota Swine Center
University of Minnesota Swine Extension
University of Missouri Swine Extension Publications
Virginia Cooperative Extension Swine
Virginia Cooperative Extension enables people to improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge focused on issues and needs

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*Fact Sheets
*Pork Facts
*Quality Assurance For good management practices in the handling and use of animal health products.
*Porcine Myology
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Swine facility costs in Iowa
Total confinement facilities for swine are a major expense in budgeting production costs of swine. This cost is usually second only to feed cost in the contribution that it makes toward production costs. It is important for a producer to know what typical buildings cost in order to evaluate how the building cost will affect the bottom line of the operation.
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Two-litter Outdoor Farrowing System Budget
Outdoor farrowing has been gaining popularity in England and more recently in parts of the United States, e.g., Oklahoma, Colorado, and Georgia. Outdoor farrowing is attractive because of low fixed costs. Concerns about animal welfare and the effects of confinement swine operations on the environment and on worker health have encouraged producers to reevaluate outdoor production systems.
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Care of Pigs From Farrowing to Weaning
The most critical period in the life cycle of a pig is from birth to weaning. On the average, about two pigs per litter are lost during this period. Poor management is the major contributing factor, although the actual cause may be crushing, bleeding from the navel, anemia, starvation or disease. Weaning large litters of thrifty, heavyweight pigs is a key factor for a profitable swine herd. This publication attempts to outline management practices that help keep pigs alive and profits high.
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