The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence has upgraded Pork Information Gateway (PIG) to provide expert answers to swine-related questions.

“PIG is free and a great tool, not only for pork producers, but also the entire pork industry,” says Claire Masker, communications specialist for the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.

The pork checkoff-supported site (http://isu.porkgateway.org), which now supports Mozilla Firefox and Safari Internet browsers, has been revamped for improved usability.

The newest feature is the PIG library, which provides questions and answers, fact sheets and references about pork production. The site’s search engine has also been improved to mirror the capabilities of powerful, user-friendly search engines like Google.

PIG was launched in 2006. Producer favorites include the Factsheets and Answers link. Producers also like being able to get specific questions answered by clicking on the “My Questions” tab and contacting Extension swine specialists.

“This is a great tool for producers, especially if they don’t have easy access to a swine Extension specialist,” says Masker.

Producers should click on the “Register” button to obtain a user name and password, which are required to view all of the contents of the PIG library. The entire site remains free for all users.