Research

Checkoff-Funded Research Continues to Improve Soymeal Quality 

Illinois soybean checkoff-funded research continues to provide advances in protein quality and digestibility, while working to minimize some of the anti-nutritional effects.  In fact, recent preliminary research indicates soybean meal may help hogs fight disease better. 

Soybean Meal INFO Center

Features soybean checkoff-funded research reports and papers, composition details and contact information for processors and exporters.

Soybean Oil and Meal Economics: How Livestock Producers Benefit from Biodiesel Production

There has been a lot of discussion about the drivers of the recent price increases for soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal. Biofuel production has influenced prices but due to many factors occurring simultaneously, the degree to which demand for soybean oil for biodiesel production has impacted meal price is difficult to disentangle. This report addresses livestock producers benefit from biodiesel production.

2015 Illinois Agriculture Economic Contribution Study

Illinois Agriculture Economic Contribution Study

The study's results show that agriculture is a critical component of Illinois’ overall economic well-being. Illinois agriculture is connected to a large integrated set of industries – from the production of agricultural commodities to food and feed processing to agricultural input manufacturing and many other ag-support industries. The analysis indicates that diminishment or removal of any one of them will likely cause significant negative impacts to the others. 

Animal Agriculture Economic Analysis, 2004-2014

United Soybean Board Animal Agriculture Economic Analysis, 2004-2014

This study provides recent data on livestock, poultry, and aquaculture output, their soybean meal use, and the benefits animal agriculture brings to each  state and the national economy. 

IL Pork Producer Association Research Helps Producers with Production Challenges

Many partners in the livestock industry are conducting their own research as well. Here are some of their latest efforts from the Illinois Pork Producers Association.

Alternative Feed Ingredients in Swine Diets II

Offers advice from the Pork Checkoff on alternate feeding options for times when demand and/or prices change significantly.

Swine Nutrition Research Website

Launched by Dr. Hans Stein from the University of Illinois in Feb. 2010 to make his swine nutrition research more accessible and more applicable for producers and feed companies. The site features a number of information resources and tools to help producers formulate diets, including spreadsheets detailing energy and nutrient digestibility for a variety of feed ingredients and calculators to help formulate cost-efficient diets.

Survey of Commercial Manure Applicators

Have you ever wondered how much other producers are paying to have their manure hauled and land applied?  Have you ever considered how far manure is hauled before it is land applied?  In an effort to discover the average cost producers are paying to haul and land apply manure in Illinois, a survey was conducted of the custom manure haulers and applicators listed on the “Illinois Commercial Manure Haulers and Applicators” web site.

2007-2012 Pork Industry Productivity Analysis

The National Pork Board Animal Science Committee recognized that there is a lack of publically available information for producers to use when benchmarking productivity in various phases of production.  Therefore, they initiated the Industry Productivity Analysis with the purpose of providing data documenting the productivity of U.S. pork production. The information mined from analysis of this data is intended to benefit all producers through improved productivity at the farm level and will serve to inform the Checkoff programs, academics and other funding agencies about areas of research which are likely to have the greatest impact.

Pork Industry Nutritional Efficiency Consortium (NEC) Research

The information in this booklet is intended to provide a comprehensive resource that summarizes the outcome of research projects from 2007-2011 that offers producers, swine nutritionists, consultants and researchers a reference resource and knowledge about improving nutrient utilization to better support animal maintenance, growth and production.

General Swine Disease & Foreign Animal Disease Research 2004-2012

This booklet is intended to provide producers, veterinarians and veterinary researchers an informational resource of nine years of Checkoff-funded research that focuses on endemic (domestic) swine diseases and foreign animal diseases.

Checkoff PRRS Initiative Research Booklet

This Checkoff publication contains key findings and applications for PRRS based on the research funded during 2004-2011. The book is intended to be a resource of Checkoff research on PRRS and help with the development of herd health management strategies.

Impact of auto-sort systems on pig welfare

This document discusses the advantages, drawbacks and questions that still need to be answer before employing an auto-sort system.

Effect of AutoSort System on Swine Well-Being

The autosort system is a relatively new technology that producers have adopted without conclusive scientific data that indicate the effectiveness of the system. It is crucial for producers to understand the importance of properly implementing and managing the autosort system in order to be aware of the impact this system has on pig behavior and well-being.

Value of Swine Manure as Fertilizer for Corn Production

The Livestock and Urban Waste Research (LUW) Team has conducted several research studies evaluating solid-liquid separation of swine slurry, composting of the separated biosolids, the land application of unprocessed (raw) slurry, separated effluent, compost and traditional inorganic fertilizer, and the effects of land application of these soil amendments on soil characteristics and ground water. The information contained in this communication compares the cost and economic value of using inorganic fertilizer, raw slurry, and compost as a soil amendment for corn production based on actual costs and nutrient analyses.

Swine Waste Economical and Environmental Treatment Alternative (SWEETA)

Learn about some innovative, alternative methods for handling livestock manure that are economically practical and environmentally wholesome.