Jensen, Aldon H. Department of Animal Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.
Last reviewed:June 2020
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The science of breeding, raising, and marketing swine. Any domesticated member of the genus Sus in the family Suidae is known as a swine (also hog or pig) [Fig. 1]. The agricultural enterprise of swine production is usually located in proximity to sources of high-energy feedstuffs. For example, in the United States, the geographical distribution of swine production is closely related to maize (corn) and sorghum production. Swine, as nonruminants, utilize large quantities of concentrate feeds; it is estimated that 30% of the maize grain produced is fed to swine. Swine can utilize only limited quantities of roughage in their diet. See also: Animal feeds; Corn; Sorghum
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