Animal Science Webinar Series

The Animal Science Research Webinar Series is designed to highlight results from completed research projects funded by the Animal Science Committee of the National Pork Board.
These results have direct application to production and therefore pork producers will find this information to be valuable as they make management decisions that affect productivity and profitability. The webinar will be presented by the principle investigator from each project and webinar participants will have the opportunity to interact with the investigator following the presentation.

August 4: Dr. Lance Baumgard – Assessing the impact of seasonal loss of productivity

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August 11: Dr. Tim Safranski – Impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent growth, composition and reproduction of offspring

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Webinar Summary

August 18: Dr. Shelly Rhoads – Impact of in utero heat stress on subsequent lactational performance and performance of offspring

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August 25: Dr. Jason Ross – Understanding the biology of seasonal infertility to develop mitigation strategies for swine

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Preparing for the Inevitable Increase In Fiber Content in Practical Swine Diets

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Maximizing Co-product Feeding in Finishing Diets

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Improving Fiber Digestibility in Swine Diets

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Impact of Decreasing Corn Particle Size on Energy, Phosphorous and Amino Acid Digestibility

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Interaction of DDGS and housing type on sow productivity
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Use of soybean hulls in growing and finishing swine diets
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Use of drought stressed corn in swine diets
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Pelleting and complete diet grinding for high byproduct diets
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Pork Industry Productivity Analysis


The National Pork Board Animal Science Committee recognized that there is a lack of publicly available information for producers to use when benchmarking productivity in various phases of production.

Therefore, they initiated the Industry Productivity Analysis with the purpose of providing data documenting the productivity of U.S. pork production. The information mined from analysis of this data is intended to benefit all producers through improved productivity at the farm level and will serve to inform the Checkoff programs, academics and other funding agencies about areas of research which are likely to have the greatest impact.

 2015 Summary

 2015 Full Report

 2014 Summary

 2014 Full Report

 2013 Summary

 2013 Full Report

Animal Science Annual Report

The Pork Checkoff Animal Science Committee is made up of pork producers from across the country, animal scientists, veterinarians, extension specialists and as necessary, other identified AnSciexperts.

Animal Science Committee Annual Reports:





Priorities for programming include pork quality, sow longevity, nutrition, genetics and alternatives to production antimicrobials.

Alternative Production Enhancers 


Feed and Nutrition


Pork Quality

Sow Longevity