The Pig Science Centre, officially opened September 30, 2003, is the Alberta pork industry’s official interpretive centre. It was designed primarily for school children, the Centre demonstrates what happens in a modern pig barn. Dynamic and interactive displays allow the children to learn about Alberta’s pork industry in a fun, yet educational way. Although the facility is designed primarily for children, audiences of all ages will benefit from the knowledge gained at the Pig Science Centre.
The 1,500 square foot Centre adjoins the University of Alberta’s Swine Research and Technology Centre, with viewing windows that allow visitors to see into two sections of a modern hog barn – the farrowing room and gestation housing. In addition to seeing live animals, the interactive displays explain what pigs eat, how they are housed and cared for, and what is done with the manure they produce. At the same time, the displays showcase the industry’s commitment to food safety, animal care, and environmentally responsible livestock production.
The Pig Science Centre, funded by Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund, showcases the pork industry and pork producers as individuals that deliver quality, wholesome, safe food in a prosperous and sustainable environment