K-State Swine Day Celebrates Golden Anniversary
K-State Swine Team will host 50th Annual Swine Day in Manhattan on Nov. 16.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For 50 years research updates have been the cornerstone of Kansas State University's annual Swine Day. This year's event is planned for Thursday, November 16 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan.
The first KSU Swine Day was hosted on September 26, 1968.
"Kansas Swine Day has been great for Kansas swine producers," explains Bob Hines, K-State Department of Animal Sciences & Industry (ASI) professor emeritus. Hines was a faculty member in 1968 when the first Swine Day was planned and hosted. "Through the years, Swine Day has been a great event to promote the Kansas swine industry, promote K-State and give ASI students exposure to swine producers and allied industry professionals."
Similar to this year's schedule, the first Swine Day kicked off with a trade show and research updates in the morning. Topics in 1968 included sonoray, backfat measurements, diet and sex effects on carcass, artificial insemination equipment, protein sources, heat synchronization, cooking pork and improved pork products.
The afternoon session in 1968 was the dedication of the new swine research farm.
Hines explains that the early years of Swine Day included the afternoon at the swine unit where attendees would tour the facilities and hear updates on research projects as well as have stops focused on equipment, swine management and other special topics.
"KSU Swine Day is the oldest and longest running swine day in the country," says Mike Tokach, K-State ASI distinguished professor and swine extension specialist. "This annual event is the highlight of our swine team's year. It provides us the opportunity to share the latest research with our producers, industry partners and other stakeholders."
Swine Day 2017 will kick off with a technology trade show that opens at 8 a.m. at the K-State Alumni Center, 17th and Anderson Ave., in Manhattan.
During the morning session, faculty from the KSU Swine Team will update the audience on key results from more than 50 experiments that have been conducted in the last year. Researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine will provide a similar research update on current and emerging diseases in the afternoon. Hyatt Frobose, JYGA Technologies U.S. territory manager and swine nutrition specialist, will conclude the program with lessons he has learned from helping producers meet consumer mandates to adopt loose housing systems for gestating sows.
The Swine Day program begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes lunch. The day wraps up with a reception at 4 p.m. featuring K-State Call Hall Ice Cream.
The fee to register is $25 per person if paid by Nov. 9, and $35 after that date and at the door. Students may attend free of charge if they register by Nov. 9 or $10 at the door. Registration is available online at KSUSwine.org or by sending a check payable to Animal Sciences and Industry, addressed to: Swine Day, 218 Weber Hall, 1424 Claflin Road, Manhattan, KS 66506. For more information, contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.