Pig Survivability Featured in August 2019 Animal Science Research Webinars

The Pork Checkoff is presenting a free Animal Science Research Webinar Series during the month of August. The series is themed around pig survivability and will be open to a live viewing each Tuesday at noon. Recordings and summaries will be available for those unable to tune in live, and all past webinars are available […]

2019-2020 Pork Industry Scholarships Now Open for Application

The Pork Checkoff sponsors a scholarship program available to college students who are current juniors or seniors planning to pursue a career field related to swine production. Those planning to attend veterinary or graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine are also encouraged to apply for scholarships. “The pork industry […]

2018 Animal Science Annual Report

The Animal Science Committee continues to be committed to the wise investment of Checkoff funds in research that is critical to maintaining our position as the most efficient producer of low-cost, high-quality pork in the world. In this regard, the committee is dedicated to finding answers to issues that affect productivity and profitability; primarily driven […]

2018 Pork Industry Productivity Analysis

The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee initiated the Industry Productivity Analysis to make data publicly available for producers to use when benchmarking productivity in various phases of production. The information is intended to benefit all producers through improved farm productivity. Comparison of the data contained in this report with data collected on participating producers’ […]

August 2018 Animal Science Research Webinars Offer Sow Tips

The Pork Checkoff once again offered its Animal Science Research Webinar Series at no cost during the month of August. This year’s series focusd on sow health and performance, key topics under the Checkoff’s research umbrella of sow lifetime productivity. Webinar recordings and presentations are available below.   August 7, 2018 12:00 P.M. Central Daylight […]

Alternatives to Growth-promoting Antibiotics

The Checkoff’s animal science committee recognizes many producers are seeking alternatives to maintaining pig performance following removal of growth-promoting antibiotics. While there are many commercially available products purported to enhance growth, many of these products lack consistency in demonstrating beneficial results. This spreadsheet is the result of project #15-204 that was completed by Nick Gabler […]

2017 Pork Industry Productivity Analysis

Continuing into its fifth consecutive year, the Pork Industry Productivity Analysis has displayed the trends among the most common production variables in the swine industry over the previous years. What has been shown is that there is variation in the improvement for each key performance indicator trait. Additionally, seasonality has become more apparent for several traits. […]

Daily Pig Care

Farmers demonstrate responsibility and concern for the pigs they care for every day. Farming is a 365-day job, and the responsibility of animal care is shared by each individual involved in farming — from owners to managers, to animal caretakers, to the drivers who transport pigs. Each is accountable for demonstrating a commitment to responsible […]