Elizabeth Hines

Elizabeth Hines

  • Assistant Professor of Animal Science
  • Livestock Extension, Swine Specialist
353 ASI Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Swine Production and Management
  • Swine Growth and Development
  • Swine Reproductive Physiology
  • Farm Biosecurity & Disease Response Preparedness
  • Workforce Development

Education

  • Ph.D., Animal Science, Iowa State University, 2018
  • M.S., Animal Science, Texas Tech University, 2011
  • B.S., Animal Science, Delaware Valley University, 2009

Animal physiology scientist with 15+ years of practical, hands-on experience and training in the swine industry, focused on commercial swine production, research, and education from mating to marketing. Current extension and education work focuses on workforce development and education of youth and adults in pig husbandry. Applied research conducted as part of the program  specific focus on managing animal health and reproductive performance through nutrition and best management practices for swine.

Program Projects

Animal Science Apprenticeship Program (ASAP)

ASAP aims to create a new initiative in training for workers in livestock production for operations such as integrated swine farms, large dairy farms, and egg-processing operations. Currently, these livestock operations are facing extreme worker shortages, yet are a significant component of the food supply chain. The ASAP initiative will focus on creating work-based educational opportunities for workers to establish career paths in animal production and create much needed longevity among the workforce. https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-11-million-in-workforce-development-funding-for-pasmart-apprenticeship-programs/

Improving Human Infrastructure in Pennsylvania for Animal Disease Response

Several extension outreach projects and education programming have been funded by the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence to improve reach of information on biosecurity application on farms, Secure Pork Supply, tools for managing response planning, and building knowledge in local swine industry support organizations surrounding African Swine Fever and other disease response in Pennsylvania.

Impact of Nutrition and Management on Pig Performance

Nutrition and management environment impact animal performance from breeding to market. Our lab focuses on educating students through research projects that build their understanding of pig husbandry from breeding to market and the impact of nutritional and environmental challenges to their growth and development. Projects investigate critical challenges in the swine industry and provide hands-on education in swine production for students.


Selected Extension Education

So You Want to Raise Hogs

Pasture Management Systems for Swine: A Historical Perspective

Swine Nutrition Basics (On-Demand Webinar)

Raising Pigs 1: Farrowing (Video)

Why Are We Worried About Foreign Animal Disease?

Preparing for Disease Response on Your Farm (Video Series)

Selected Publications and Abstracts

Becker, C. & Hines, E. A. (2022). A pilot study to benchmark pastured pig performance. University Park: Penn State Extension Annual Conference.

Brownawell, E. Hines, E., Falcone, L., and Gambino, C.D. (July 2021). Understanding Biosecurity Perceptions in Pennsylvania Pig Producers. ASAS Annual Meeting.

Gambino, C.D., Brownawell, E., and Hines, E. (July 2021). Swine Producer Identities: Understanding perceptions of a Good Producer. ASAS Annual Meeting.

Loucks, A., van Sambeek, D., & Hines, E. (2021). PSVI-10 Impact of Soybean Inclusion Level in Late Gestation on Offspring Performance, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 99, Issue Supplement_1, May 2021, Page 222, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skab054.363

Hines, E., & Falcone, L. Demographics & Education Preferences of Pennsylvania Pig Producers. Penn State Extension Annual Conference. [Accepted March 2021].

A. L. Fordyce, E. A. Hines, E. M. Edwards, S. Plaengkaeo, K. J. Stalder, J. D. Colpoys, J. M. Bundy, A. K. Johnson, H. D. Tyler, (2020). Measuring birth weight and umbilical cord diameter at birth to predict subsequent performance in swine, Translational Animal Science, https://doi.org/10.1093/tas/txaa214

Loucks, A., van Sambeek, D., & Hines, E. A. (2020). PSVIII-20 Impact of soybean meal inclusion in late gestation on sow productivity and litter performance. Journal of Animal Science. 98(Supplement_3), (pp. 222-223). DOI: 10.1093/jas/skaa054.388, ISBN/ISSN: 1525-3163 https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa054.388

E. A. Hines, M. R. Romoser, Z. E. Kiefer, A. F. Keating, L. H. Baumgard, J. Niemi, N. K. Gabler, J. F. Patience, B. Haberl, N. H. Williams, B. J. Kerr, K. J. Touchette, J. W. Ross, The impact of dietary supplementation of arginine during gestation in a commercial swine herd: I. Gilt reproductive performance, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 97, Issue 9, September 2019, Pages 3617–3625, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz233

E. A. Hines, M. R. Romoser, Z. E. Kiefer, A. F. Keating, L. H. Baumgard, J. Niemi, B. Haberl, N. H. Williams, B. J. Kerr, K. J. Touchette, J. W. Ross, The impact of dietary supplementation of arginine during gestation in a commercial swine herd: II. Offspring performance, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 97, Issue 9, September 2019, Pages 3626–3635, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz214

E. A. Hines, J. T. Seibert, S. K. Stoakes, K. L. Graves, B. J. Hale, M. Abuajamieh, C. L. Hager, C. Rademacher, L. H. Baumgard, A. F. Keating, J. W. Ross, 334 Evaluation of physiological indicators of heat stress and their association with seasonal infertility in first parity sows, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 94, Issue suppl_2, April 2016, Page 157, https://doi.org/10.2527/msasas2016-334

E. A. Hines, J. D. Coffey, C. W. Starkey, T. K. Chung, J. D. Starkey, Improvement of maternal vitamin D status with 25-hydroxycholecalciferol positively impacts porcine fetal skeletal muscle development and myoblast activity, Journal of Animal Science, Volume 91, Issue 9, September 2013, Pages 4116–4122, https://doi.org/10.2527/jas.2013-6565