National Swine Improvement Federation Meeting

December 9, 2016

The NSIF held their annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina Thursday and Friday of last week.  The Federation has an annual two-day conference that attracts leading swine breeders, industry and university geneticists, and prominent international figures in swine breeding. Papers presented during these conferences address both theory and practice of swine improvement. Workshops, panel discussions and concurrent sessions are used to maximize the information transfer and general value for everyone attending the conference. Read more about National Swine Improvement Federation Meeting

Hormel National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest

September 13, 2016

By Dr. Sherrlyn Olsen

The 2016 Iowa State University Meat Judging Team began the fall judging season at the Hormel National Barrow Show Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest held at the Hormel Research and Development Facility in Austin, MN on Saturday, September 10. This contest tested both undergraduate and graduate students, on their knowledge of both fresh and processed pork products. Read more about Hormel National Barrow Show Meat Judging Contest

International Feed Efficiency in Swine Conference

October 27, 2015

The International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine was a great success seeing over 500 participants and hosting collegiate and industry leaders from all over the world!  The event was co-hosted by Iowa State University and Kansas State University to share publicly the findings of 5 years worth of research conducted on feed efficiency.   A grant provided by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a component of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture which is a federal agency within the USDA,  was provided to fund the work. Read more about International Feed Efficiency in Swine Conference

Hog Barns

Minutes of meetings and annual reports indicate that discussions relative to need for hog houses and pens were common as early as 1858. Various hog facilities were constructed in 1866, 1867, 1868, and 1880; and, 1886 notes indicate that a hen house was remodeled to accommodate hogs. The major hog house constructed in 1886 was called Piggery.

This was the primary headquarters for swine production until destroyed by fire. Records are not available to indicate if the building was replaced as such. Read more about Hog Barns


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