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Swine Teaching and Research Center - addition

Project phase: Planning/Design

Project background

  • The Animal Industry Act requires pregnant female swine (sows) to have larger-sized pens by April 1, 2020.
  • This change creates a significant need for research on group sow housing management under this production paradigm, which requires additional facilities at the MSU Swine Teaching and Research Center to maintain industry relevance.

Project scope

  • As planning begins, the project is anticipated to include construction of an addition to accommodate sow housing pens, including ventilation, feeding, and manure handling operations, while maintaining animal/personnel movement within the contained facility.
  • It is anticipated that the planned improvements will alter the footprint of the existing facility.


  • Construction start: TBD
  • Ready for use: TBD


  • Based on cost experience for similar projects and current pricing information, the cost of the project is expected to be less than $1 million. This estimate may change as the project and its scope are refined during the planning process.
  • The source of funds for the project is expected to be Animal Agriculture Industry Research and Development Grant, AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.