Since there are widely differing views of which actions constitute a given behavior, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas, has created the Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Behavior.

It is designed to help determine whether certain farm animal actions constitute a specific behavior. Answers to these types of questions may provide you with more complete insight into what’s happening in your herd and help you better manage your pork operation.

This handy resource is available online, and currently addresses swine and cattle behavior.

To access the encyclopedia, go to the Web site found at: