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Animal Sciences and Industry

Kelsey Batson


Swine Nutrition Graduate Student
217 Weber Hall
Major Professor: Dr. Joel DeRouchey

Kelsey was raised on a small farm in Princeton, Missouri, where she enjoyed caring for cattle and row crops on the family farm and participating in youth organizations such as FFA and 4-H. Her involvement in FFA allowed her to show hogs and compete in livestock judging contests, which sparked her interest in swine. Through these experiences, she developed a strong appreciation for agriculture and a passion for the livestock industry. Kelsey completed her B.S. in Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri in 2014. During her undergrad career, she was an active member of Sigma Alpha – a professional agricultural sorority, served as the vice president of Mizzou’s Swine Club, and worked at the University’s Swine Research Complex.

Kelsey has also completed four industry internships focusing on hog production and swine nutrition. Through these opportunities, she was inspired to pursue a master’s degree at Kansas State University in swine nutrition. Upon the completion of her education she plans to aid producers in the nutritional aspects of hog production as well as to support the swine industry. Kelsey joined the Applied Swine Nutrition Team in August 2018 and is interested in gestating/lactating sow nutrition and its implications on sow and piglet performance.