This herd health guide is a product of The Research Alliance for Farrowing: The Weak Link in Alternative Swine Systems. The need for the Research Alliance for Farrowing (RAF) project was first voiced by farmers participating in the Pork Niche Market Working Group (PNMWG), a diverse collection of marketing businesses, organizations, academics, and producers working to advance value-added opportunities. Those farmers identified the early life of their pigs as a stage whose health problems were cutting into their success and preventing additional farmers from adopting alternative systems.
RAF undertook intensive evaluation of a number of alternative swine systems. It also worked to develop discussion about alternative systems among veterinarians.
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.