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Composting Swine Mortalities in Iowa
Swine producers have found that composting is a flexible and reasonably priced disposal method that can be used year round. Find out about facilities and equipment, procedures, and regulations.
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Drip Cooling of Sows in Farrowing House
Research indicates that summer heat stress on sows can be reduced by using a system that continually drips water on the sow's shoulder in hot weather.
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Feeding Small Grains to Swine
Barley, oats, rye, triticale, and wheat can be useful in swine feeding programs. This publication provides guidelines common to inclusion of these grains in swine diets, information specific to the
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Flexible Rent of Swine Buildings
One method of renting swine facilities is to develop a flexible rent schedule that is favorable to both parties. Read about the advantages of this method. Includes a worksheet and example.
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Group Tracker Software -- Iowa Pork Industry Center brochure
Brochure and order form for this software, which provides consistent data collection from Iowa pork producers. Closeout summaries are generated for individual finishing pig groups. Producer names are
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Hoop Barns for Gestating Swine
Overview/ Basic Questions/ When to Consider Hoops/ Designing and Erecting the Structure/ Environment and Ventilation/ Hoop Management/ Feeding Systems/ Bedding/ Manure Handling/ Example Layouts/Cost
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Iowa Pork Industry Center brochure
This brochure describes the services and personnel that provide information to Iowa's pork industry.
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Measuring Pork Quality -- Iowa Pork Industry Center
Details on measuring pork quality through color, intramuscular fat, water-holding capacity, and ultimate pH.
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Mechanical Ventilation Design Worksheet for Swine Housing
Proper ventilation design helps ensure healthy and productive animals, healthy employees, and an efficient facility. This worksheet is intended to guide you through a simplified procedure for selecti
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Minimizing the Use of Antibiotics in Pork Production
Details on minimizing antibiotic use in pork production such as reducing stress. Other issues to consider include biosecurity measures and increased costs of producing antibiotic-free pigs.
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Nipple Waterers for Swine
Nipple waterers are popular because they do not foul as easily as cup or bowl waterers. The flow rate needs to be monitored to determine if it is within the flow need for satisfactory water intake.
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Pit Recharge Manure Management System - Livestock Industry Facilities and Environment
Use this system to provide better air quality inside livestock buildings and minimize equipment deterioration.
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Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Pork and Lamb) with envelope
Plastic Grid for Quick Measurement of Loin Eye (Pork and Lamb) with envelope
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Supplemental Ventilation Systems for Modified, Open-front Swine Buildings
Poor ventilation in modified open-front buildings often causes pigs to give less than optimal performance. Read about and view figures of how to modify open-front buildings.
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Swine Farrowing Handbook
Planning, design factors, animal environment, manure management, utilities, construction, and remodeling are major topics of this work. Concepts from nine MWPS farrowing building plans plus space use
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Swine Nursery Facilities Handbook
Housing and management options, building layout and equipment, manure handling systems, environmental control systems, utilities, and safety all are covered here. More than 50 drawings and photograph
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Swine System Options for Iowa - Sustainable Agriculture
Learn about Swedish deep-bedded group nursing systems for feeder pig production.
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The Iowa Pork Industry Center (brochure)
This brochure provides an introduction to the Iowa Pork Industry Center. The purpose of the center is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa’s pork industry leadersh
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