Indoor Pigs Healthier and Happier

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Raising swine indoors offers more control of the environment and interactions with pigs, reducing their contact to diseases, parasites, and weather. For example, raising swine outdoors used to be a major cause of trichinosis, a human infection with the roundworm Trichinella spiralis. In the last 40 years the number of cases of trichinosis due to eating pork has reduced dramatically (in 2010, approximately 40 cases of trichinosis were reported each year in the U.S.).

"We're hoping to get this information out to producers," said Beth Young, swine veterinarian with the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture Program. "If producers are faced with criticism, we will be able to provide them with some information that will help them fight back. I think that's really the ultimate goal of the project."

Indoor pigs also have reduced exposure to toxoplasma, lung worm, kidney worms, and other parasite and diseases. Many of these conditions reduced a swine operations profit due to the loss of those effected pigs. Now that pigs are indoors, swine producers have the ability to improve over all productivity and business.