In a quest to gain insights into pig behavior, researchers at Michigan State University are trying to gather data about on-farm practices by using an online producer survey. The research, funded by the USDA, also seeks to obtain opinions and knowledge from pork producers on pig behavior to help develop future educational resources and research programs.
Sarah Ison, a visiting scholar, is conducting the work at Michigan State University’s Animal Science Department, which also is underwritten by the Pork Checkoff.
“This study is part of a large project that aims to reduce on-farm losses from non-infectious diseases in group-housed swine by understanding and managing pig behaviour,” Ison said. “The ideal survey respondents are those involved in the day-to-day management and on-farm decision making.”
To learn more about the program, visit Ison’s YouTube video. Producers who complete the survey by Sept. 1, will be eligible to win one of four $250 gift cards. The survey typically takes about 25 minutes to complete.