Speakers to focus on ‘Staying Competitive in the Swine Industry’

Kansas State University’s 2019 Swine Profitability Conference is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan.

The conference focuses on the business side of pork production.

“Attendees will have a chance to learn ideas for improving their businesses from leading producers, veterinarians and economists,” said Mike Tokach, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and swine extension specialist. “This conference is designed to help producers stay competitive in today’s swine industry.”

The conference will feature speakers from an array of swine-related businesses and organizations, including:

  • Lee Schulz, Iowa State University agricultural economist, who will address international trade and market outlook
  • Clayton Johnson, Carthage Veterinary Service, who will discuss the growth of the Carthage System in Kansas
  • Grant Morgan, Poky Feeders, who will share his story of raising pigs and cattle in the High Plains
  • Noel Williams, the Chief Operating Officer of Iowa Select Farms, who will focus on how to achieve high production in swine dense areas
  • Bill Even, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Board, who will talk about the bright future of the U.S. swine industry.

“We feel the speakers for the 30th Annual Profitability Conference are industry leaders who will share take-home information for swine producers and allied industry partners alike,” said Joel DeRouchey, K-State extension swine specialist.

The Stanley Stout Center is located at 2200 Denison Avenue. The day begins with coffee and donuts at 9:15 a.m. and the program at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is included in the conference, which will end at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is $25 per participant and due by Jan. 26. Attendees can register at the door for $50 per participant. More information, including online registration, is available at KSUSwine.org, or contact Lois Schreiner at 785-532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu.

Source: Kansas State University extension