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Iowa State University Swine Industry Experience returns in 2023

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Content will cover sow operations as well as wean to finish, swine health and nutrition, and will include networking time with producers and allied-industry.

Opportunity exists for up to 20 Iowa State undergraduate students to participate in an all-expenses-paid Iowa State University Swine Industry Experience to be held in the Ames, Iowa area Jan. 9-13, 2023.

The overall goal of this Swine Industry Experience and associated activities and opportunities is to: develop student exposure and knowledge, skills and professional relationships in swine management in order to help meet critical need for trained professionals in the swine industry.

Specific objectives include:

  • Train students in aspects of swine production through a weeklong hands-on comprehensive "experience" around Ames, Iowa.
  • Cultivate student vision of potential career paths within the swine industry. 
  • Facilitate student interactions with professionals in the swine industry. 

The Swine Industry Experience will include both classroom instruction and hands-on experiences at participating farms. Transportation to and from Ames, hotels, food, and educational materials will be provided.

Upon acceptance, students will be enrolled in AnS 490 for 1 credit hour for Spring 2023. An opportunity for a scholarship is also available for participants of this program.

The Swine Industry Experience content to be covered will include:

  • Sow operations – breeding, gestation, farrowing
  • Wean to finish – Weaning, grow/finish, pig management
  • Swine health and well-being management – biosecurity, preventative medicine, housing
  • Swine nutrition and feeding, and risk management
  • Evening networking dinners with swine producers and allied-industry supporters

During and (or) following the Swine Industry Experience, there will be additional opportunities for students to network with swine industry partners.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter (in a single PDF document) describing your career goal(s) and how you anticipate the Swine Industry Experience will be of benefit to you to Stacie Matchan. Please visit with Matchan if you have questions about the program in 109D Kildee Hall. The application is due by Nov. 1.

Application does not ensure spot in the program, interviews will be held to determine 20 final students. It is important that all applicants understand no swine exposure is allowed for the two weeks leading up to the program start date. A date in December will be scheduled to discuss program expectations. 

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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