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Renowned Economist to Speak at K-State Swine Day

by 5m Editor
4 November 2008, at 7:29am

MANHATTAN, KANSAS - An open house and tailgate have been planned at Kansas State University's Swine Day on 20 November.

Kansas State University's 2008 Swine Day will be held on November 20 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan. The day will feature presentations by noted agricultural economist Ron Plain, plus K-State research updates, a technology trade show and an open house and tailgate party at the university's new swine finishing facility.

An all-day Technology Trade Show will begin at 8 a.m., and the formal program is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m.

After welcome remarks, keynote speaker Ron Plain, of the University of Missouri, will give presentations on 'Feed versus Fuel - What Will Be the New Trends for Corn and Soybean Meal Pricing?' and 'What Can We Expect for Pork Prices for 2009 and Beyond?'

K-State Research and Extension swine researchers and specialists will give presentations on current research aimed at helping improve net returns of swine businesses.

The day will begin wrapping up at 3:30 p.m., with an open house and tailgate party at the new swine finishing facility, built as part of the K-State Swine Teaching and Research Center. Attendees can view the new building, socialize with fellow producers and enjoy hospitality with a K-State BBQ. The facility was just completed, providing an opportunity to hold an open house before pigs start filling the barn shortly after Swine Day.

Free parking is available at the university┬┤s swine farm, with a complimentary shuttle available all day to the Alumni Center, said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension. The swine farm is located at 3101 College Avenue, just north of the poultry and dairy units on Marlatt Avenue in north Manhattan. Limited parking is available at the Alumni Center for a $4 fee.

"Many individuals and groups are to be thanked for making the new K- State swine finishing building a reality," DeRouchey said.

Donors for the building included the Kansas Pork Association, through increased sponsored research, the K-State Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC); Lonza Inc; Eli Lilly and Co.; Frontier Farm Credit; Henning Construction Co., Inc.; Feedlogic Inc., PIC USA; Ajinomoto Heartland LLC, Henrys Limited; Murphy Brown LLC; Husky Hogs LLC; Automated Production Systems; Midwest Livestock Systems, Inc.; Plymouth Industries; Energy Panel Structures, Inc., New Horizon Farms LLC, Farmweld and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

Former Kansas State University swine nutrition graduate students also helped fund the building. They included DeRouchey, St. Mary's, Kansas, as well as Mike Tokach, Abilene, Kansas; Bob Goodband, Manhattan, Kansas; Tim Keegan, Wilton, Iowa; Malachy Young, Wainwright, AB Canada; Terry Weeden, Esterville, Iowa; Rodger Main, Ames, Iowa; Defa Li, Beijing, China; and Manuel De la Llata, Mankato, Minnesota.

For more information, including registration, click here and follow the links to 'Research and Extension' and then 'Swine Day'.

5m Editor