2016 Animal Science Annual Report

The Animal Science Committee continues to conduct meaningful research in the areas of swine nutrition, reproduction, genetics and management. Research is evaluated based on industry impact, application and reach, and must have no overlap with research being supported by other funding agencies. In addition to continuing work in nutritional efficiency, mitigation of the impact of […]

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 […]

August 2017 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 […]

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 […]