February 7 K-State Swine Profitability Conference Program Announced

'Staying Competitive in the Swine Industry' is the theme for the K-State conference.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University’s 2023 Swine Profitability Conference is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Manhattan.

The annual Swine Profitability Conference focuses on providing information to improve knowledge for pork producer business decisions. “We hold two major swine events each year at K-State. At Swine Day, we share our latest research results. At Swine Profitability Conference, we focus on business decisions and industry-wide issues facing pork producers,” says Mike Tokach, K-State Department of Animal Sciences & Industry distinguished professor and swine extension specialist. “The lineup of speakers this year bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to help producers increase their competitiveness.”

The conference will feature speakers from an array of swine-related businesses and organizations, including:

  • Paul Yeske, Swine Vet Center, will address recent PRRS outbreaks and lessons learned.


  • Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, will discuss the industry outlook in a period of elevated uncertainty.


  • Randy Prather, Curators’ Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri, will talk about current and future genetic selection technologies impacting the swine industry.


  • Doug and Cole Claassen and families, Whitewater, Kansas, will discuss their family story and experiences with batch farrowing.


  • Christine Mainquist-Whigham and Ethan Stephenson, Pillen Family Farms, will speak on improving efficiency through collaborative efforts in health, nutrition and management innovation.


“The speakers for the 33rd Annual Profitability Conference will provide direct information on swine disease, price forecasts, future genetic selection practices and experiences from fellow swine produces about their operations.,” says Joel DeRouchey, K-State extension swine specialist. “This conference has a reputation for sharing relevant and industry needed information to improve production for Kansas swine producers.”

The conference will take place at the Stanley Stout Center, 2200 Denison Avenue. The day begins with coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m. and the program starting at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is included in the conference, which will end at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is $25 per participant and due by Jan. 27. Attendees can register at the door for $50 per participant. More information, including online registration, is available at KSUSwine.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.