LINCOLN, Neb. -- The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence have opened up the Pork Information Gateway, or PIG, for pork producers in Nebraska.



PIG is a virtual library where pork producers can find information in 16 categories related to swine and pork production. The library includes peer-reviewed information from leading swine researchers in 200 fact sheets. The library also includes a question and answer section.



Producers can log on and search for answers to their pork-related questions. If they are unable to find what they are looking for, producers also can submit a question to be answered by the USPCE.



The intuitive, easy-to-use system allows pork producers to find timely and practical information immediately, says David Meisinger, executive director of the USPCE.



"This product was the result of three years of hard work by extension specialists from all over the country," he says. "The dynamic program will keep growing as producers ask questions which will become a part of the growing database."



Producers can log onto the PIG Web site at nebraska.porkgateway.org/web/guest/home and register for a free account. Registration entitles producers to search PIG for any information that they may need to improve their pork production operations.



"We are very excited because we believe that this partnership will give the pork producers of Nebraska access to information that they need to be competitive in the pork industry today," said Duane Reese, UNL swine specialist in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resource



The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence was established in 2005 as a public/private partnership to bring together academic expertise in research, teaching and Extension related to pork production. There are two governmental agencies, two industry associations, seven state pork producer associations and 20 land-grant universities involved in the coalition.



Producers and interested parties can log onto the PIG Web site from any state at www.porkgateway.org/web/guest/home.



SOURCE: University of Nebraska news release.