Western Research and Demonstration Farm
The project is investigating conversion of swine farrowing house mortalities into value added products using alligators. Alligator production in the southern states has been a successful farming operation for over 15 years. Currently the southern states produce about 500,000 alligators each year; about 80% are farm raised. Alligators can convert the swine mortalities into marketable products of meat and hides. Alligators need a warm environment and clean water in order to thrive. The recommended temperature is 89o F, with the performance directly related to the temperature. The temperature and building styles of commercial alligator farms are similar to swine nurseries.
Iowa State University
Kohl, Kris, "Alligator Farming Project" (2004). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 1433.