The Pig Production Environmental Footprint Calculator Version 3 has been completed and will soon be made available to producers.  This software enables the user to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and crop land requirements for an existing or…

A Life Cycle Analysis of Land Use in US Pork Production

The goal of this study was to analyze land use in the production of US pork using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA is a comprehensive methodology for quantitatively analyzing potential environmental impacts associated with complex systems. Identification of processes contributing…

Efficacy of direct-fed microbials administered from lactation through the nursery as an alternative to antibiotics in swine diets: an evaluation of performance, gastrointestinal microbial populations, and immune response

Direct-fed microbials may hold promise as an alternative to growth promoting additions of antibiotics added to swine diets. A study conducted at the University of Arkansas evaluated the effects of two direct-fed microbials (Lactobacillus brevis and a Bacillus culture) on…