A Look Back at 2019 Up & Coming Leaders in Swine Industry

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Farm Journal PORK's takes a look back and congratulates the 2019 Up & Coming Leaders, some of the pork industry's brightest new stars. Click below to meet each one, or email editor Jennifer Shike at jshike@farmjournal.com to nominate others. 

Gustavo Lopez, University of Minnesota
“Our research team is trying to unravel why it’s so hard to get influenza out of pig farms. By studying bi-directional transmission of influenza, human to pigs and pigs to human, we hope to identify how it happens and discover if there are any risk factors we can circumvent.”

Lily Hernandez, South Dakota State University
“Hopefully, by preventing pigs from falling behind in growth, producers can cut both the time and cost that would have been put in to making these fallbacks reach market weight.”

Sai Zhang, Michigan State University
“My results also suggest a promising strategy of feeding a reduced protein diet to lactating sows to abate heat production and alleviate heat stress.”

Zoe Kiefer, Iowa State University
“I am studying pelvic organ prolapse in sows and trying to identify factors that may be contributing causes in hopes of developing a mitigation strategy to decrease prolapse incidence on sow farms.”

Paula Chen, University of Missouri
“We will use this information to further understand embryo viability at these early stages with an overarching goal of obtaining larger and more consistent litter sizes in the modern sow to increase the current food supply.”

Mickie Trudeau, University of Minnesota
“I hope this research will be useful in determining what makes a pig grow faster or be more efficient when being fed an antibiotic. In addition, it will also help us evaluate some new antibiotic alternative products.”

Henrique Scher Cemin, Kansas State University
“I believe the research conducted during my Ph.D. will have an important impact in the swine industry as it involves current topics that have a significant influence on diet costs and producers’ profitability.”

Megan Nelson, North Dakota State University
“The sows and fetuses are used as a biomedical model to hopefully help improve nutritional guidelines for pregnant women and increase our knowledge of a mother’s food consumption on offspring health.”

Katherine Vande Pol, University of Illinois
"As litter sizes continue to increase, cross-fostering is necessary to try and reduce piglet mortality and increase milk availability to improve pre-weaning growth."

Yuan-Tai Hung, University of Minnesota
“Fiber is evaluated in animal performance due to the role of fiber type in gut health as it relates to bacteria and fermentation characteristics, chemico-physical properties and the unknown requirement or ideal type of fiber for pigs. I am working to elucidate the association between the viscosity of fiber, nutrient digestibility, metabolic response and intestinal physiology in pigs fed different levels of soluble fiber.”

Garrett See, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“I’m striving to find the most effective way to select great-grandparent animals that are most likely to produce the best future commercial crossbred generations to come, with the goal of providing a better pork product at a higher premium for the everyday swine farmer.”

Kimberlee Baker, Iowa State University
“My study demonstrated that if the expected PRRSV load is high and the cost of a false-negative is low, oral fluids can be pooled. On the other hand, if the expected PRRSV load is low and the cost of a false-negative test result is high, oral fluids should not be pooled.”

Talia Everding, South Dakota State University
“Consumers have been pushing to phase out gestation stalls because of welfare implications, but the research remains conflicted as to what housing system causes the least stress on the animal. We expect that this work will help to develop sow housing systems beneficial to the sows and the workers who care for them.”

Austin Putz, Iowa State University
“My research focuses on the ability to quantify the level of disease resistance in each pig by using individual daily feed intake over time. I have developed novel traits to quantify disease resistance.”

Edgar Aviles-Rosa, Texas Tech University
“Piglets have an extraordinary sense of smell and it could be that one of the reasons for weaning stress is the absence of maternal or familiar odors in the weaning environment. Thus, the use of maternal semiochemicals could be a novel way to improve piglet welfare at weaning.”

Marjorie Schleper
“Finding an effective and safe method of inoculation that is easy to execute is extremely important for obtaining and maintaining stability in the sow herd and ultimately, producing healthier pigs.”

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