The 2007 Pork Industry Handbook is now available to producers, educators and agribusiness owners looking for up-to-date information on efficient pork production.

The handbook, offered by Purdue University Extension and the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, involves swine experts from around the nation to provide information on topics addressing swine production, management, health, environment and finances.

Within the handbook is information about techniques for improving rate of gain, as well as current research on breeding and genetics, swine nutrition, herd health, reproduction and pork quality. Other topics covered include human resources, animal behavior and welfare issues, business and financial management, marketing, pork safety, youth projects, worker health and safety, and industry statistics.

“The handbook has the most current information for producers to use in making science-based decisions,” says Alan Sutton, Purdue animal scientist. “It provides information to help producers remain efficient, sustainable and profitable.”

The handbook is available in a 1,296-page, black-and-white print version for $90 or on a full-color DVD for $45. You can purchase a set of both versions for a special rate of $115. (Prices do not include shipping.)

You can place your order by phone at (888) EXT-INFO. To download an order form, visit the handbook Web site at www.ces.purdue.edu/porkindustryhandbook2. Note that you can only place orders by phone, fax or mail. You cannot order the handbook online. You can direct questions to Theresa Campbell at (765) 496-113?, or e-mail tcampbel@purdue.edu.