University of Maryland Extension

Swine Production

Swine production is not a large part of Maryland Agriculture, but a growing number of farmers are considering raising pork on a small scale or providing pork as a part of a CSA. In 2013, cash receipts for market hogs were $8.6 million with the total number of hogs and pigs in Maryland reaching 22,000 as of December 1, 2013. Use the resources below to learn about swine production:

General | Economics | Breeding and Reproduction | Health | Nutritional | Facilities

General

  • Raising Pastured Pigs
    Cornell University Cooperative Extension

    Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides this Factsheet about raising pasture pork. This fact sheet introduces terminology, breeds, facilities, and nutritional management.

  • Swine Production on a Small Scale
    University of Florida IFAS Extension

    University of Florida IFAS Extension provides a factsheet on Swine Production on a Small Scale. The factsheet includes basics on raising a litter, diseases and parasites, and more.
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Economics

  • Swine Production
    Penn State Extension

    Penn State Extension provides a detailed overview of pork production and provides three sample budget worksheets (farrow-feeder, farrow-finish, and feeder-finish). I also provides an estimate of initial resource requirements and general management information.

  • Cost of Organic Pork Production (File B1-80)
    Iowa State

    Considering raising organic pork? This article from Iowa State extension provides the economics behind organic pork production.

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Breeding and Reproductive Management

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Health Management

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Nutritional Management

  • Forumulating Farm-Specific Swine Diets
    University of Minnesota Extension

    The University of Minnesota Extension covers all the basics to developing a proper swine nutritional plan. The page will help you calculate rations and understand the importance of nutrition while breeding, water intake, and how to visually valuate the hogs.
General | Economics | Breeding and Reproduction | Health | Nutritional | Facilities

Facilities

  • Biosecurity Guide for Pork Producers
    National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA

    Understand and learn about the importance of biosecurity of your swine facility by utilizing the National Pork Producers Biosecurity Guide for Pork Producers.
  • Managing Market Pigs in Hoop Structures
    Iowa State University

    This Iowa State Extension publication covers how to manage hog production in a hoop house and includes a discussion on manure management and labor requirements.
General | Economics | Breeding and Reproduction | Health | Nutritional | Facilities
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