SDSU Swine Day to celebrate swine education and research facility’s fifth anniversary


BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility at this year’s Swine Day. The annual event will be held at McCrory Gardens in Brookings on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

“The SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility continues to play an integral role in exposing students from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states to real-world swine industry teaching and research experience,” says Ryan Samuel, assistant professor and SDSU Extension swine specialist. “Swine Day is an opportunity for producers, allied industry members and stakeholders to get an update on the latest groundbreaking research being conducted at the swine units and connect with these future industry members.”

The event begins at 9 a.m. CDT with a poster session highlighting graduate research projects from the past year. Attendees are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and visit with graduate students about their projects. The formal program will follow at 10 a.m.

Dr. Steve Meyer, Partners for Production Agriculture, is this year’s keynote speaker and will deliver an engaging presentation on swine industry economic data and analyses. Meyer has worked in the hog industry in a number of roles. As Vice President of Pork Analysis for EMI, he conducted ongoing analysis of hog and pork markets.

Below is the schedule for this year’s Swine Day:

• 9 a.m. – Continental breakfast and poster session with graduate students

• 10 a.m. – Welcome, Dr. Joe Cassady, Professor and Head of the Department of Animal Science at SDSU

• 10:15 a.m. – Keynote, Dr. Steve Meyer, Partners for Production Agriculture

• 11:30 a.m. – African Swine Fever (ASF) surveillance and diagnostic updates from Dr. Jane Christopher-Hennings, Department Head, South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL)

• Noon – Lunch

• 1 p.m. – SDSU swine faculty and graduate student research program highlights

• 2:55 p.m. – Discussion and closing

This event is open to the public. To register, visit the SDSU Extension Events page.

For more information, contact Samuel at 605-688-5165 or [email protected]

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