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Summer 2022 Intern- Currently a Senior in Animal Science at Iowa State University. Grace will graduate in the Spring of 2023 with a Certificate in Swine Production Management and a Bachelor's in Animal Science. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her Master's. Her interests in the swine industry include nursery pigs and gilts in the areas of nutrition and disease prevention.
Summer 2022 Intern- Currently a Senior in Animal Science at Iowa State University. Abigail will graduate in the Spring of 2023 with a Certificate in Swine Production Management and a Bachelor's in Animal Science. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school. Her interests in the swine industry are focused around sow management. From breeding to weaning, day one care, disease prevention and diagnostics.
Summer 2021 Intern - Currently a Junior at Iowa State University intending to graduate December of 2022
"My research revolved around: The effect of gruel feeding and oral dextrose on the survivability of pigs after weaning. I helped on many other NPB & FFAR survivability grant projects."
Summer 2021 Intern - Currently an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Purdue University, Graduating in May 2023. Plans to attend graduate school to advance her knowledge in swine reproduction.
"As a Swine Research Intern for IPIC, I worked with a team at Purdue University to see if heat lamp placement has any effect on piglet survivability."
Summer 2020 Intern- Currently a Graduate Student at Kansas State University with their Applied Swine Nutrition Team.
"My research has focused on the effects of the use of a feed flavor in the sow lactation diet on sow feed intake and sow and litter performance as well as using a feed flavor in the nursery diet, looking at the effects on feed intake and growth performance. I have also looked at the impact of increasing levels of tryptophan to lysine ratio in diets containing DDGS to a DDGS withdrawal strategy on growth performance, carcass characteristics, Iodine Value (IV) and economics of grow-finish pigs."
Summer 2019 Intern - Currently a masters student in Dr. Jason Ross and Dr. Lance Baumgard's Labs
"My research focus is in Animal Physiology with a focus on sustainability within the swine industry."
Grant PI: Dr. Nick Gabler
"Currently, I work as a livestock production agent for Kansas State Research and Extension. I serve livestock producers in North Central Kansas and provide them with educational resources and programming."
Grant PI: Dr. Daniel Linhares
Grant PI: Dr. Anna Johnson - Currently a PhD student and graduate research assistant in the VDPAM department at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.
"My research area is animal behavior and welfare, and my PhD work will involve behavior and welfare of feedlot cattle in chronic and hospital pens. I plan to graduate in Spring 2024."
Grant PI: Dr. Lee Schulz
Grant PI: Dr. Ken Stalder - Currently a Graduate Research Assistant and PhD Student at Iowa State University.
"My research focuses on determining the optimal feet and leg conformation traits to help improve sow longevity in stalled and group-housed gestation systems."
Grant PI: Dr. Jason Ross - Currently in her first year of PhD program at Iowa State University in Dr. Jason Ross's lab
"My role in the pig survivability initiative is focused on sow survivability, particularly in relation to pelvic organ prolapse. I have been involved in multiple projects evaluating the perineal scoring system and testing mitigation strategies. "
Grant PI: Dr. Jason Woodworth
Grant PI: Dr. Nick Gabler - Currently in Second Year of her Master's Program
"My Master's work is centered around investigating management strategies to stretch feed budgets during disruptions to the feed supply chain and the impact of a reduced voluntary feed intake on growth performance and incidences of gastric ulcers in grower pigs."
Grant PI: Dr. Jason Woodworth - Currently a Nutritionist and Sow Technical Service for Pipestone Nutrition
"I work to formulate diets for all of our Pipestone managed sow farms, oversee our wean to finish nutrition research, and work on our sow technical service team."
Grant PI: Dr. Kara Stewart
Grant PI: Dr. Ken Stalder
Grant PI: Dr. Mike Tokach
Grant PI: Dr. Chris Rademacher - Currently the Lead Sow Veterinarian for Holden Farms
"I finished my M.S. in Veterinary Preventative Medicine at Iowa State University in December of 2021"
Grant PI: Dr. Laura Greiner
Grant PI: Dr. Jason Ross - Currently, I work full time as a Research Scientist in Dr. Jason Ross’s lab specializing in swine reproductive physiology.
"My Master’s degree thesis was understanding biological factors associated with pelvic organ prolapse in late gestation sows (2021). I am now pursuing a PhD part time focusing on sow survivability and the causes of pelvic organ prolapses while developing and testing mitigation strategies."
Grant PI: Dr. Jack Dekkers
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