Q: Hi! I heard from a source of questionable credibility that hog operations aren't allowed to have hogs on pasture past November 1st and through the winter. I'm hoping to find more information on this. I am involved in a small hog operation that is considering using a 4 acre plot to finish 8 hogs.
Wildfire, via smoke and flames, can endanger the health and productivity of livestock. We are investigating the effects of wildfire—particularly smoke—on cattle. With a more thorough understanding of how wildfire smoke changes animal physiology, we can develop better strategies to alleviate that stress. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about this hazard and our research and outreach projects. Feel free to contact project members at Oregon State University or the University of Idaho with questions.
Learn about the development of an Ag Pass Program in California to improve farmer and rancher access to properties to take care of livestock during wildfires. Mathew Shapero, University of California Extension Livestock and Range ...
Mar 2022 |
Photo: Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State University (Cropped from original)
This publication addresses the two different directions in which hog production is currently moving: 1) contracting with large-scale vertical integrators (producers/packers/processors linked from farrowing to packing to the retail counter), and 2) sustainable production of a smaller number of hogs sold through alternative markets. The aspects of sustainable hog production discussed in this publication include alternative niche marketing, breed selection, alternative feeds, waste management, odor control, health concerns, and humane treatment. Basic production practices are not covered in this publication, but they are readily available in many books and through state Cooperative Extension Services.
Lance Gregner |
Oct 2021 |
Photo: Jenifer Cruickshank (Cropped from original)
This website lists the official USDA grades and standards for feeder pigs. It is useful to compare the pigs you raise with the standards. You can use this information for improving your herd or marketing your hogs.