Swine growth and use is a large and changing industry consisting of approximately 61 million animals. Links are provided to resources on aspects of production including: animal care, husbandry, health, welfare, housing, nutrition, genetics, and research, as well as the pork industry including hog prices, marketing, quality standards and trade.
Swine and Pork
CAST Issue Paper # 39, Swine Carcass Disposal Options for Routine and Catastrophic Mortality (PDF | 1 MB)
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).
A critical assessment of information available on methods of swine carcass disposal under routine and catastrophic conditions.
Pork Information Gateway (PIG)
US Pork Center of Excellence.
An interactive gateway to information related to pig production and pork developed by the US Pork Center of Excellence, a National collaborative effort.
AgNIC Swine Page
Iowa State University.
Provides links to Web resources that focus on the production, marketing, and research aspects of swine and pork.
USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.
An informational resource on swine welfare with bibliographic citations, links to useful Web sites, and a list of training materials for people who work closely with pigs.
Oklahoma State University. Animal Science.
Contains descriptions, registries, and photographs of swine breeds from all over the world.
Prairie Swine Centre.
A searchable database of articles and reviews for the pork industry addressing environmental issues, welfare issues, energy efficiency, gas emissions, and production research.
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
List of swine research projects conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Searches for article citations in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) on swine from January 2005 to the present. Or search for books and audiovisuals from 2000 to the present.
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Searches for article citations in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) on pork from January 2000 to the present. Or search for books and audiovisuals from 2000 to the present.
Porcine Immunology and Nutrition (PIN) Database
USDA. ARS. Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center.
A searchable databases focused on immunologically-related genes and oriented toward genes involved in the transport or metabolism of iron, selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin A.
University of Illinois. Animal Sciences.
Provides a question and answer service, worldwide pork industry links, and integrates research with data from swine operations into decision making tools for producers.
Swine Care Handbook (PDF | 171 KB)
National Pork Board.
Guidelines for swine production covering animal husbandry, housing, feeding, nutrition and herd health.
Purdue Pork Page
Provides information on swine production including animal behavior, well-being, housing, genetics, health, manure management, nutrition, reproduction and marketing.
Profitable Pork: Alternative Strategies for Hog Producers
USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.
Showcases alternative ways to raise pork profitably including the use of deep-straw bedding, hoop structures and pasture-based production.
NAGRP Pig Genome Coordination Program
National Animal Genome Research Program.
Provides information on pig genomics, gene mapping, bioinformatics, databases, news, and discussion groups for swine geneticists and researchers.
Pork: Marketing Alternatives
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Information on marketing approaches for sustainable hog producers.
National Swine Registry
National Swine Registry.
Covers Hampshire, Landrace, Duroc and Yorkshire breeds, their traits, judging, breeding, genetic testing, breeder directory, calendar of shows and marketing.
Sow Gestation Housing
Purdue University Extension.
Provides access to educational information and initiatives regarding sow housing.