Kansas State University's annual Swine Day will focus on ways to improve net returns for swine producers, with a special emphasis on pig disease prevention and management with two prominent Kansas veterinarians discussing porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). PEDV was first discovered in the United States in the spring of 2013.
The event, scheduled for November 21 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, includes a technology trade show, which starts at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 9:45 a.m. K-State faculty members will provide updates on current swine production research occurring at the university. A poster session also will be held that allows attendees to talk one-on-one with graduate students who conducted some of the research.
Presentations include: "Recent Disease Challenge to our Industry - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea" by Steve Henry, veterinarian at Abilene Animal Hospital and Dick Hesse, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at K-State; and "Recent On-Farm and Commercial Feed Mill Innovations to Improve Whole Herd Feed Efficiency" by Charles Stark, K-State associate professor of Grain Science and Industry.
The day ends with a tour of the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center Feed Mill and a reception featuring K-State ice cream.
The fee to attend is $25 if paid by Nov. 9 and $35 after that date. The fee includes swine day presentation materials, lunch and the closing reception. More information is available online or by calling 785-532-1267.