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  • Pork

    MSU Extension serves the pork industry by providing decision-makers with trusted information about all aspects of pork production.


  • Keeping Land-applied Manure in the Root Zone - Part 1: Sediment and Contaminant Runoff (WO1036)

    Published on October 20, 2015
    Management practices that capture land applied manure in the root zone will make the nutrients available for the next crop, improve soil quality, and prevent manure nutrient and contaminant loss in runoff.

  • Your 4-H Market Hog Project (4H1064)

    Published on April 17, 2015
    The objective of the 4-H market hog project is to encourage integrity, sportsmanship, cooperation and an ability to communicate through activities such as demonstrations, talks, judging events, tours and exhibits.

  • Swine Breeding Systems for Alternative Pork Chains: Breeding Programs (E3107)

    Published on April 2, 2012
    A discussion of swine breeding programs with different swine breeds.

  • Animal Heat Stress Management

    Published on July 5, 2012
    Livestock farmers should be prepared to respond to high heat conditions.

  • Animal Agriculture: Impacting Animal Health and Wellbeing

    Published on December 22, 2016
    As stewards of agriculture, livestock producers are continuously focused on improving production and minimizing risks. Animal health is one area producers are always striving to improve.

  • Livestock Organizations

    Published on April 20, 2015
    The following organizations may provide more information in the 4-H livestock project area.

  • Sow Production Record (4H1341)

    Published on March 31, 2015
    This interactive form is designed to help 4-H'ers document a sow’s farrowing record and the litter’s weaning record. It includes space to list litter size, farrowing date and piglet weights.

  • Michigan Exhibition Swine Official Identification

    Published on January 13, 2015
    To help 4-H program coordinators, county fair officials, club leaders and others working in the swine industry, the following swine identification documents have been created.

  • Animal Care and Abuse Policy

    Published on November 8, 2019
    The Animal Care and Abuse Policy reflects the zero tolerance policy for any willful acts of abuse. Acts of these kind are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

  • Rodent Control SOP

    Published on November 22, 2019
    To maintain a high level of good health in your herd, you must use various biosecurity practices to prevent the introduction or spread of disease. One area of biosecurity you should address is the rodent control methods your farm uses.

  • Caretaker Training

    Published on November 22, 2019
    Caretaker training is essential for every person on the farm for basic understanding of protocols and safety concerns. Training should be done annually and after every new hire.

  • Euthanasia Action Plan SOP

    Published on November 22, 2019
    This sheet is used write down an action plan for proper and human euthanasia for the swine facility.

  • Emergency Action Plan SOP

    Published on November 22, 2019
    This sheet is used to record the daily temperatures throughout the swine facility.

  • Mortality Record Sheet

    Published on November 22, 2019
    This sheet is used to record the mortality within the swine facility.

  • Rodent Station Label

    Published on November 22, 2019
    This sheet is used to record the various rodent labels and bait stations used throughout the swine facility.

  • Biosecurity Policy

    Published on November 22, 2019
    Disease prevention is an important component of any swine system. The primary risk from people entering the facility is tracking in contaminated materials on their possessions, clothing, and body from direct and indirect contact with pigs.

  • Creating a biosecurity plan map of your swine facilities using Google Earth

    Published on March 8, 2020
    This document will help you create a biosecurity map of your swine facilities using Google Earth Pro. The map will be part of your enhanced biosecurity plan against foreign animal disease. It should show the specific biosecurity lines that you follow.

  • 2020 Gratiot Swine Day Registration

    Registration form for Swine Day

  • Emergency Animal Mortality Management Initial Contacts

    Published on May 13, 2020
    To provide for disposal of agricultural livestock animals as a result of a catastrophic event resulting in the need to manage mass animal carcasses.

  • Disposal: What You Need to Know Seven-days Before You Depopulate

    Published on May 14, 2020
    The Michigan Bodies of Deal Animals Act regulates the management of dead animals in Michigan. This law applies to all methods of disposal, even in emergency situations such as market disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.