Unit Management: Matt Kennedy (541) 737-1906
The Swine Center is located one-half mile west of campus on Campus Way. The current program involves 8-10 Duroc, Yorkshire, or crossbred sows mated to Duroc, Yorkshire, or terminal sires. The management system includes complete confinement; lagoon manure disposal; all in/all out farrowing system; SPF-like health maintenance program, and the use of A.I. for genetic improvement. The spring farrowed litters are sold in March/April at the department's Youth Pig Sale for use as 4-H/FFA county fair project pigs, and a select group of elite pigs are shown by OSU at the Oregon State Fair. The summer/fall born litters are used as breeding replacements and for teaching purposes throughout the school year for the livestock evaluation courses, swine industry course, and the Introduction to Animal Sciences courses.
The Swine Center is comprised of one main barn. One barn is used year-around to house animals, farrow sows, and raise feeder pigs. The total capacity of the first barn is limited to 125 feeder pigs, 50 market hogs, and 25 sows.
The herd provides animal resources not only for teaching students, but for producers, 4-H/FFA tours, and Extension demonstrations. Animals are available for research in nutrition, physiology, and multiple aspects of swine production. Cooperative, interrelated usage of animals, facilities, and associations among involved faculty and graduate students are encouraged. Inter-departmental experimental opportunities are available. Upon request, animals are sold for non-OSU research use, and males and females are sold to producers for breeding herd uses.