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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

WKU Swine Unit

The WKU Swine Unit functions as a demonstration and learning facility, and offers many opportunities for research and hands-on experience. As with other units of the WKU Farm, students in Livestock Management laboratories have the opportunity to learn correct processing and management techniques. Within 24 to 72 hours of birth, new litters are processed by clipping needle teeth, docking tails, notching ears, giving penicillin, and giving supplemental iron injections. Castrations are also completed before weaning.

The Swine Unit contains a Farrowing Barn with 12 farrowing crates; after sows farrow, the litters are then weaned at about 3 weeks of age and moved into the Nursery. At about 50-60 lbs, the pigs are then moved outside to the 6 Cargills to reach a market weight of about 250 lbs. Replacement gilts are moved into the Gestation Lots to be bred (either naturally or through AI), and the production cycle continues. The majority of hogs at the Swine Unit are Yorkshire or Duroc crosses.

The Goat Barn is also occupied several months out of the year for modern research in the goat industry.


Farrowing barn


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 Last Modified 9/24/14