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KSU ASI Students Recognized at Midwest ASAS

Midwest ASAS 2022MANHATTAN, Kan. –The annual American Society of Animal Science Midwest Meeting was hosted in Omaha, Nebraska, March 14-16. Several current and former Kansas State University (K-State) Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) undergraduate and graduate students received awards.

Pictured at the event with their awards (l to r) are: Ty Kim, Catherine Grace Elijah, AJ Warner, Jessica Smallfield, Bo Williams, Kara Dunmire (KSU grain science student), and Julia Holen.

Ty Kim, won first place in the undergraduate oral presentation research competition with his abstract titled, “Effects of providing a liquid sensory attractant to suckling pigs in lactation and after weaning on post-weaning pig performance.” Ty completed his research with Ph.D. student Madie Wensley and Dr. Mike Tokach. He is an ASI major and will graduate in May 2022 and will begin his master’s degree in swine nutrition at K-State. 

Jessica Smallfield, KSU ASI undergraduate student, won second place in the undergraduate poster competition with her poster titled, “Evaluating Formic Acid and Glycerol Monolaurate Alone or in Combination on Weanling Pig Growth and Fecal Consistency.” Jessica completed her research with Ph.D. student Peyton Dahmer and Dr. Cassie Jones. 

AJ Warner, KSU ASI graduate student in swine nutrition, won first place in the master’s presentation competition with his presentation titled, “Effect of Calcium Carbonate Level with or Without Benzoic Acid on Weanling Pig Growth Performance, Fecal Dry Matter, and Blood Ca and P Concentrations.” AJ is originally from Ohio and is completing his master’s degree in swine nutrition in May 2022.

Julia Holen was the recipient of the Midwest Young Scholar Award, recognizes and features the research accomplishments of Ph.D. students in the advanced stages of their program at the annual Midwest ASAS meeting. She also won second place in the Ph.D. presentation competition with her presentation titled, “Evaluation of Essential Fatty Acids in Lactating Sow Diets on Sow Reproductive Performance, Colostrum and Milk Composition, and Pre-weaning Litter Growth and Survivability.” She will graduate with her Ph.D. in swine nutrition in May 2022.

Bo Williams, KSU ASI doctorate student, won third place in the Ph.D. presentation competition with his presentation titled, “The Effect of Different Bones and Analytical Method on Assessment of Bone Mineralization Response to Dietary P, Phytase and Vitamin D in Nursery Pigs.” Bo is originally from Iowa and is a current doctorate degree candidate.

Catherine Grace Elijah, KSU ASI doctorate student, also won third place in the Ph.D. presentation competition with her presentation titled, “Persistence and Distribution of African Swine Fever Virus in Feed and Feed Mill Environment over Time After Manufacture of Experimentally Inoculated Feed and Subsequent Manufactured Batches of Feed.” Grace is originally from Houston, Texas, is a current doctorate degree candidate. 

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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. For more about the K-State's ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.