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SDSU Hosts Swine Day Oct. 11

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State University Swine Day on October 11 will celebrate the first anniversary of the grand opening of the new SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility and Wean-to-Finish Research Barn in Brookings, SD. Officially dedicated in October of 2016, Department of Animal Science researchers continue to utilize the $7.4 million facility to investigate issues relevant to the swine industry. The event will be held on October 11, 2017 at the South Dakota State University Swine Education and Research Facility.

“The 2017 SDSU Swine Day is a wonderful opportunity for our researchers to share the groundbreaking research they are conducting in this world-class facility,” says Bill Gibbons, Interim Associate Dean for Research and Interim Director of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. “Even though we only opened the facility 12 months ago, SDSU researchers have quickly transitioned their on-going projects into the facility and have acquired additional funding to initiate new projects. These advancements would not have been possible without the generous support of the donors who made construction of this facility possible.”

The morning will begin with a poster session highlighting a number of the research projects from the past year. Attendees are invited to visit with the graduate student researchers before moving into the classroom at the facility.

“Drawing on experiences from his 27-year career at the University of Nebraska and as a swine industry consultant since 2006, Dr. Mike Brumm will deliver a keynote address on swine industry changes,” says Bob Thaler, SDSU professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist. “The modernization of the swine industry was the stimulus for the ‘Miracle on Medary’ when a group of dedicated individuals took our request for a new boar stud and turned it into these facilities which allow students and faculty to perform world-class research.”

After lunch, the day will continue as swine faculty highlight some of their recently completed and ongoing research. Tours of the facility will be available utilizing the facilities’ viewing windows which allow visitors to view modern hog production without having to shower into the facility.

SDSU Swine Day will be held in the South Dakota State University Swine Education and Research Facility located off of Medary Avenue north of the SDSU campus, with check-in and onsite registration beginning at 8:45 am and the poster session set to begin at 9 am. Lunch will be served, so registration is requested. The full schedule, sponsor list and registration information are available on the iGrow Events page.

For more information, contact Ryan Samuel, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist at 605.688.5431 or by email

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