SROC swine research focuses on improving sow productivity through nutrition and evaluating alternative feed systems. Our goal is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of swine production by maximizing nutrient utilization and minimizing negative outputs. We find ways improve swine health and utilize nutrients that might otherwise be lost to the environment.


Research projects investigate nutrition and management factors that enhance economic and environmental swine production. We develop and study innovative ways to improve feed efficiency, reduce antibiotic use, manage diseases, and reduce waste.

At the University of Minnesota, our research program is based in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences Department of Animal Science. We also collaborate with the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical School’s Department of Surgery. We provide multiple educational and outreach opportunities through University of Minnesota Swine Extension.

Sow Development & Nutrition

This research focuses on increasing sow productivity through improved management strategies and nutrition. Research areas include:

  • Minimizing Hunger
  • Phase Feeding
  • Gilt Development & Fetal Imprinting
  • PRRS Eradication

Evaluating Alternative Feed Systems

This research assesses the use of alternative feedstuffs in sow production. Research areas evaluate the feed potential of:

  • Bioproducts
  • Food Waste for Liquid Systems