Researchers Tackle Crisis Situations

Crisis management strategies come in all different forms, and after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 and forced processing facilities to shut down, many pork producers were left with nowhere to ship their pigs. 

Dr. Tom Crenshaw, a professor at UW-Madison in animal nutrition immediately turned his knowledge into a new area, focusing on how to hold pigs at a constant weight for 4 to 6 weeks using ammonium chloride. This nutritional strategy can allow producers to hold growing pigs during crisis situations, whatever they may look like. 

Funding from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Program helped get the project off its feet – the project will be submitted to the American Society of Animal Science annual meeting later this summer. 

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