Swine Extension Research Spotlights

Reprinted as posted on UMN West Central Research Outreach Center’s website.

Docking the tail or not: Effect on welfare and performance of growing-finishing pigs

Tail biting is a common problem in grow-finish pigs.  Outbreaks of tail biting can cause major welfare complications of pigs with damaged tails.  Because tail docking can cause pain in pigs, performing tail docking on a routine basis is under scrutiny due to animal welfare concerns.

Recently Yuzhi Li, Associate Professor of Swine Behavior and Welfare re-evaluated the consequences of raising pigs without tail docking in a study conducted at the West Central Research and Outreach Center near Morris, MN. Read on...

Solar Panels Power WCROC Swine Barn

Researchers at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) have been involved in a multi-faceted project called the "Greening of Agriculture."  The overarching goal of this project is to reduce the reliance of modern production agriculture on fossil fuels.  One way to reduce this reliance is to shift energy demand from non-renewable fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.  Major food companies are asking agriculture producers to move in this direction. Read on...