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Herd of young pigs inside a wean-to-finish facility.

Wean-To-Finish Production Systems Evolve for Healthy Pigs

An important foundation of the efficiency of modern pork production is the industry emphasis on biosecurity. Wean-to-finish barns may provide better biosecurity than separate nursery and grow-finish facilities.

A hog farm employee wearing a mask, hairnet, and gloves. He is inspecting a group of pigs.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Essential Swine Industry Employees

America’s pig farmers doing the right things to protect people, pigs, and the planet continue, even during this challenging time.

group of young piglets
Nov 03

2020 SDSU Swine Day

SDSU Swine Day will be held at Wilbert Square Event Center in Brookings starting at 9 a.m. CDT.

Several portions of ground beef being inspected at a meat processing facility.

Strengthening Local Processing Act Addresses Local Food Supply Chain Issues

A comprehensive bill designed to address livestock supply chain issues and support small and mid-size meat processors has been introduced as federal legislation. The Strengthening Local Processing Act provides small plants with the funds needed to grow and expand, and supports a scale-appropriate approach to small scale slaughter and processing.

Group of pigs lying in a pile inside a wean-to-finish facility.

Wean-To-Finish Heating for Newly Weaned Pigs

Newly weaned pigs have some special considerations when it comes to heating. The environmental conditions during this period can have a direct effect on the long-term health of pigs.

Skidloader outside being used to turn compost pile.

Guidelines for Livestock Carcass Disposal in South Dakota

Everyone who works with animals tries their best to keep all animals alive. In turn, they also know there will always be normal mortality. Proper carcass disposal is crucial in preventing the spread of disease and protecting the environment.

Outside the SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility.

Basic Ventilation System Design for Pork Producers

Ventilation systems have the potential to maximize swine production with regard to animal growth and performance. Understanding the rationale behind their design can help any manager do the best job possible.

Fans outside th SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility.

Understanding Fan Performance Metrics and Variability

As we move into the summer season, it is important to check for proper function of fans in your operation. When selecting new or replacement fans, it is critical to evaluate the flowrate requirement at the static pressure you will be operating, compare the efficiency of fan options, and ask your equipment supplier for detailed performance specifications.

Gravel road with swine barn in the distance.

Air Infiltration in Swine Barns

Air infiltration in large, confined swine operations has been an on-going problem for producers for many years. Regardless of technological advancements in building design and construction, unwanted air penetration continues to be a consistent problem.

Group of weanling pigs inside a wean-to-finish facility.

Tribasic Copper Chloride Source Shows Promise in Weanling Pig Performance

One of the many challenges in swine production is getting newly weaned pigs off to a good start. Research has found that tribasic copper chloride supplemented into nursery pig diets can be effective at improving growth performance and intestinal health of weanling pigs.