Introduction


Main entrance of Embrapa Swine and Poultry in Concórdia,SC

Embrapa Swine and Poultry is a decentralized unit of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, whose mission is to ‘enable research, development and innovation solutions for the sustainability of swine and poultry production in benefit of the Brazilian Society'. Knowledge arisen from Embrapa Swine and Poultry's laboratories has changed the course of Brazilian swine and poultry production. 

The expansion of pig and poultry farming in the 1960s and 1970s justified the establishment of the National Swine Research Center on June 13, 1975. Three years later, in 1978, the center was tasked with poultry research and started being called Nacional Swine and Poultry Reseach Center, and is now named Embrapa Swine and Poultry.

Since 1982, it started to occupy an area of 210 hectares in the Tamanduá district, which comprises animal health, genetics and physical-chemical analysis laboratories as well as production systems, experimental fields, meteorological station, feed factory, a Management and Research building and a library specialized in swine and poultry.

The Embrapa Unit has had a fundamental role in the control of diseases, improvement of animal feed, improvement of the genetic quality of animals, environmental conservation and the development of equipment for swine and poultry production. It has also performed a crucial job alongside other government bodies, the industry and farmers to overcome restrictions imposed to swine and chicken exports.

In order to remain important in the evolution of pig and poultry farming, Embrapa Swine and Poultry keeps updating work targets.

Everything that is produced by Embrapa Swine and Poultry is transferred to the production chains through publications, field days, courses, demonstration units, events and other initiatives. The center's Technology Transfer and Communications influence competitiveness in agrobusiness. Another one of Embrapa Swine and Poultry's channels to influence swine and poultry production is through the Citizen's Attention Service (SAC).

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