Facility Manager: Aaron G. Prinz
The swine unit is located 2 miles west of the core campus at 2953 Straloch Road, near the University Airport. A scheduled appointment is necessary prior to entering the facility.
The Center contains more than 9,000 square feet of inside, enclosed space that houses a class and meeting room, student apartments, lab, office, break room, storage area, feed and work areas, as well as two farrowing rooms and two nursery rooms. Outside covered space of over 24,000 square feet consists of boar and sow pens, finishing pens, hospital area, working and breeding areas, as well as load-out and feed-handling facilities.
The herd is composed of 75 sows and 13 males. The start-up herd was donated by PIC, an international group from Berkeley, CA. Approximately half of the herd is PIC white line and half is Yorkshire/Hampshire. Pigs from both lines are used for class work in numerous courses, and to provide hands-on experience for UC Davis students. Basic and applied research in several disciplines is conducted throughout the year.
The Swine Center farrows 10 litters each month and weans when the piglets are about 4 weeks of age. Records are kept on a computerized system and indicate a farrowing rate of 82%, with 10.5 pigs born alive per litter, and 8.5 pigs weaned. The pigs reach a 230 lb. market weight in an average of 156 days. The Animal Science Department holds an annual club pig sale each January.