DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence launched the National Swine Reproduction Guide, a web-based application offering valuable information to hog producers.

This troubleshooting and management guide, built in a user-friendly and intuitive format, contains extensive information and support for pork producers, including more than 1,000 fact sheets and references.

“This guide is designed to help producers identify the source of the reproductive problem they are experiencing and, through research-based fields, provide information directly related to that problem,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director at the National Pork Board.

The National Swine Reproduction Guide is only available as a web application and is easily accessed through personal computers, smart phones and tablets. Its portability makes the guide readily available and convenient for use anywhere.

The guide uses a reproductive decision tree specifically designed in an easy-to-use format and simple navigation. The decision tree begins with three categories: gilts, sows and boars. After selecting a category, a list of potential issues is available from which to choose, such as “low farrowing rate” or “too small of a gilt pool.”

Once the topic is selected, the decision tree will help narrow the search on the issue through a series of available questions. After choosing the question that best fits the original problem, an answer is provided in the form of a fact sheet with viewable references.