The following publications cover topics related to Swine Extension. For a complete list of MU Extension publications, visit the main Publications page.

Farrow to Finish Swine Planning Budget

Revised

Use this swine enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri farrow-to-finish operation that produces 22 pigs/sow/year and sells hogs at 280 pounds.

Hog Finishing Planning Budget

Revised

Use this swine enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri hog finishing farm that buys 103 head of 40-pound pigs and sells 100 head of 280-pound hogs.

Feeder Pigs Planning Budget

Revised

Use this enterprise budget to estimate costs and returns for a Missouri swine operation raising feeder pigs, producing 22 pigs/sow/year and selling pigs at 40 pounds.

Farmland Values for Midwestern States

Revised

Find farmland value price trends in Missouri and other Midwestern states since 1912.

Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Revised

Get custom service rates for fieldwork, planting, fertilizer, crop harvesting, hauling and heavy equipment activities from a survey of farmers, agribusinesses and contractors.

Biosecurity for Today’s Swine Operation

Reviewed

Disease control is one of the most challenging areas for producers in swine production. Visit our site to learn about Biosecurity for Today’s Swine Operation.

Managing Purchased Feeder Pigs

Reviewed

Reviewed by Marcia Carlson Shannon
Department of Animal Sciences

Country Curing Hams

Reviewed

Many people like the flavor of hams that have been cured country style. Visit our site to learn about Country Curing Hames.

Mixing-Vessel Composting System at a Large Swine Finishing Farm

New

Mixing-vessel and in-vessel composting can be more efficient than other composting methods as a treatment for liquid manure. Learn system design and more in this guide.

Crop Insurance in Missouri

Revised

Learn four types of crop insurance that can manage corn, soybean and other row crop risk. Plus, read about units you can insure and the premium cost for a policy.

Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) Insurance

Revised

See how LRP insurance helps farmers manage market price volatility risk. Missouri producers may apply for feeder cattle, fed cattle, lamb and swine policies.

Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) Insurance

Revised

LGM insurance helps producers manage risk by guaranteeing a minimum gross margin. Learn how it works, and see cattle, swine and dairy examples in this guide.

Days Suitable for Fieldwork in Missouri

Revised

Learn the number of days Missouri farms have available per week—due to weather and soil conditions—for tillage, planting, chemical application and harvest activities.

5 Steps to Buying Meat Direct From the Farm

New

If you are interested in buying meat from a local farmer, in quarters or halves, review these five considerations: how much meat your family can consume and what cuts to buy, sourcing an animal, finding a local meat processor, costs, and timing.

Converting Unused Agriculture Facilities for Aquaculture Use: Swine Barn Conversion for Fish Culture

Revised

This guide provides basic information on recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) technology and converting a swine barn into an aquaculture enterprise.

Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Revised

Learn about trends in cash rental rates for Missouri cropland, pastureland, grain bins, farm buildings and fee hunting based on survey responses from 112 MIssourians.

Routine Animal Mortality Management Options in Missouri

Revised

Law requires that the body of an animal be disposed within 24 hours after death. Learn how to acceptably transport and dispose of animal carcasses.

Inbreeding: Its Meaning, Uses and Effects on Farm Animals

Reviewed

Mating schemes of animals are classified as either inbreeding or outbreeding. Mating closely related animals is inbreeding. Outbreeding is mating less closely related animals, but people disagree about where to draw the line. Learn more in this guide.

Calculating the Value of Manure as a Fertilizer Source

Revised

Use this worksheet to estimate the value of manure nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) and gauge how much manure to apply to corn, wheat, soybeans.

Reduce Environmental Problems With Proper Land Application of Animal Manure

Reviewed

Charles D. Fulhage
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Livestock or poultry production enterprises should have a comprehensive manure nutrient management plan to take advantage of the animal manure benefits. A plan is also important in reducing the risk of environmental problems when manure is used as a nutrient source for farm crops.

Calibration of Lagoon Irrigating Equipment

Reviewed

Charles D. Fulhage and Donald L. Pfost
Department of Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Phosphorus and Water Quality

Reviewed

This guide demonstrates the complexities of reducing losses of phosphorus from agricultural land and the range of options available to help reach water quality goals.

Manure Management in Hoop Structures

Reviewed

Charles Fulhage
Agricultural Engineering Extension

Hoop structures for raising swine offer an alternative to managing manure in the traditional liquid form. Some producers are willing to provide the increased labor and management required for a hoop structure so that manure can be handled as a solid. Advantages of handling manure as a solid include the following:

Managing Nitrogen to Protect Water Quality

Reviewed

John Lory and Steve Cromley
Division of Plant Sciences

How is nitrogen lost from the soil?

Nitrogen is primarily lost by three pathways:

Odors From Livestock Operations: Causes and Possible Cures

Reviewed

Donald L. Pfost, Charles D. Fulhage and John A. Hoehne
Department of Agricultural Engineering

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