Dr. Steve Dritz

(Conrad) Welcome to Farm Factor on AGam in Kansas. I’m our host, Conrad Kabus. Kansas State University Swine Industry Day was held November 21st at the Kansas Alumni Center. Take a look. (Steve) It’s really good to have all you here today for Swine Day. And Swine Day has been… it’s an annual event. It’s always the third Thursday in November and it’s kind of the research day of the year for us, where we focus on giving a summary of the latest topics and a summary of our research that we’ve done over the year. And so, it’s a great, great place to showcase our research and showcase our graduate students and all the great things and things that we’ve been learning over the last year. (Conrad) This year’s program will focus on PEDV transmission, feed science and other facets of the swine industry. These research topics will help producers, consumers and pork affiliated organizations interpret data that can be applied in their every day operation problems. (Steve) There’s a couple of different topics we’ve been focused on over the last year that have been really important. The first is, is PED and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. And you know it’s been established that feed is a transmission route and so we’ve been trying to use the strengths at K-State. We’ve learned there that it takes a very small amount of this contamination of feed to be able to transit this virus in the feed and feed ingredients. That’s a key thing we’ve learned. Some of them are focused on from the standpoint of the producer they help improve the profitability. We’ve also from our meat science group, we’ve had some work on food safety and how we can make the food make it safer and some of those processes there. We’ve done some work nutritionally. Feeding the pig and using some of the by products that make the meat, make it tastier and more palatable to the consumer. And at the end of the day, that makes a product that tastes better. There are many changes Kansas State swine is bringing to producers through their laboratories. (Steve) Yeah, some of the changes that we’re expecting here in the future and some of our focus areas. Again, we’re trying to deal with the PED virus from feed. We’re trying to figure out in the feed mills, with our feed mill group what are some practical things that we can do that will inhibit this transmission virus? That will help our producers out on the farm. From a nutrition standpoint we’re looking at some feed additives to help reduce variation in pigs, they’ll grow better and that will make things more profitable. And then we just…one thing we’ve got… we’ve got a great group of grad students that are from throughout the country and we have a couple of international students that are involved in some great projects that range all the way from feed milling science, we have all the way through to nutritional science in pigs. And so we’re really excited about the future and all the opportunities that we’ve been given here at K-State.

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