Swine Research and Education Unit
The purpose of the Purdue University Swine Animal Sciences Research and Education Center is to provide swine for research in the area of nutrition, physiology, management, and to provide animals for the graduate and undergraduate teaching programs. The breeding herd consists of 240 sows, 6-8 boars, and 36 litters per month.
|Buildings at the Swine Research & Education Unit||Facilities Photos (click on the photo to see a larger image)|
|Swine Research Laboratory - This complex contains an office, changing facilities and the laboratory. The laboratory is used for intensive research that requires special facilities and environmental controls. Specific areas of the laboratory include: baby pigs, surgery, metabolism, physiological and environmental monitoring.|
|Breeding-Gestation - This building is used for swine nutrition, physiology, and management research during the breeding-gestation period. An observation area in the center of the building provides the opportunity for instructional usage. Waste is removed through a gravity drain system into a lagoon system|
|Breeding-Gestation - This open faced building is used for swine nutrition, physiology, and management research during the breeding-gestation period.|
|Farrowing-Nursery - The two farrowing-nursery buildings are in the form of a "block H." Each building houses 36 sows for farrowing and 324 piglets from 15-50 pounds.|
|Growing-Finishing 1 & 2 - The buildings are used for nutrition, physiology and management research. Both buildings have bulk feed bins and liquid manure pits that are pumped to a lagoon. Each building houses approxiamately 500 pigs in a weight range of 50-250 pounds.|
|Growing-Finishing 3 - This building is used for nutrition, physiology and management research projects. Bulk feed bins supply feed and liquid manure pits dispose of waste that is pumped to a lagoon. Each building houses approxiamately 500 pigs in a weight range of 50-250 pounds.|
|Isolation - All swine introduced into the herd are isolated in this building for a period of no less than 30 days before they enter existing programs. Animals housed in this building are hand fed.|
|Lagoon - The swine unit utilizes a three cell waste treatment, holding and recycling facility. This photo represents cell number two.|
Last updated: November 12, 2001
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