Information for farmers who are using or considering alternative pork production systems.
- What does it mean to raise organic pork?
- Documentation and records needed for organic certification
- Challenges in feeding organically raised pigs
- Suggested diets
- Forages in swine diets and pasture systems
Niche pork production (1.5 M PDF)
Comprehensive guide to raising, feeding, caring, record keeping, and reproduction of hogs for niche markets. – Iowa State University
Find information on all aspects of the swine industry.
Tips and guidelines for smaller scale pig producers using alternative production systems.
Part 1: Swine biosecurity basics – video
It is important for all pig farmers, regardless of size and set-up, to have a biosecurity plan.
Biosecurity tips when raising pigs in hoop barns and other open areas.
How to use the all-in-all-out (AIAO) management practice to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
Basic biosecurity measures to use to prevent clothing and footwear from contaminating pig facilities.
One solution to hunger is to enhance satiation of gestating sows.
Management strategies should focus on protecting vulnerable sows from aggression.
Gestation stalls have become a controversial issue for the modern swine industry.
Tail biting is considered an abnormal behavior due to stress and frustration of the pig.
Welfare of a sow in a group depends on her social rank.
Handling and sorting pigs in hoops – photo slideshow
How the West Central Research and Outreach Center handles sorting large numbers of pigs
How the swine industry has changed
Alternative swine production and marketing systems overview.
Overview of the group housing system at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.
The benefits and challenges of alternative farrowing production systems including the history of crate alternatives.
A look at the many design options for raising pigs in an alternative system. – freefarrowing.org
Extension educator, livestock – swine
Extension Regional Office – Mankato
1961 Premier Dr., Suite 110
Mankato, MN 56002
Extension educator, Alternative Livestock Systems
Agronomy & Plant Genetics
385 AnSci/VM, 1988 Fitch Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108Specializations: Livestock
Ext Ani Sci-Swine, Dir of Operations, Ext Reg Dir, Southwest
WC Research/Outreach Ctr, 46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267Specializations: Livestock
Extension educator, livestock - swine
Regional Extension Office
1802 18th St. NE
Willmar, MN 56201Specializations: Management