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

Feeder Pigs Planning Budget

Revised | October 1, 2023 |

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.

Farrow to Finish Swine Planning Budget

Revised | October 1, 2023 |

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 | October 1, 2023 |

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.

Farmland Values for Midwestern States

Revised | August 1, 2023 |

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

Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri

Revised | April 1, 2023 |

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 | January 27, 2023 |

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 | January 27, 2023 |

Country Curing Hams

Reviewed | January 27, 2023 |

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 | December 1, 2022 |

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 | October 1, 2022 |

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 | October 1, 2022 |

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 | October 1, 2022 |

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.

5 Steps to Buying Meat Direct From the Farm

New | May 1, 2022 |

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.

Days Suitable for Fieldwork in Missouri

Revised | May 1, 2022 |

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.

Cash Rental Rates in Missouri

Revised | December 1, 2021 |

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 | July 1, 2021 |

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 | March 1, 2021 |

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 | April 1, 2020 |

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

Measuring Manure Spreader Uniformity

Reviewed | November 1, 2018 |

Care of Pigs From Farrowing to Weaning

Reviewed | November 1, 2018 |

The most critical period in the life cycle of a pig is from birth to weaning. Visit our website to learn about the Care of Pigs From Farrowing to Weaning.

Swine Management Check Sheet

Reviewed | November 1, 2018 |

Calibration of Lagoon Irrigating Equipment

Reviewed | November 1, 2018 |