New degree in pig production in Illinois
A new master's degree programme in pig production management is being created
at the University of Illinois, USA.
Currently, the university's Department of Animal Sciences and a leading
Illinois pig management business are in the process of developing the programme
in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
degree, a sponsored Master of Science in Animal Sciences - Swine Production
Management, is designed for high-caliber students with a BS degree in animal
sciences or an associated discipline.
programme is aimed at students planning a career in production management within
the swine industry," said Michael Ellis, a professor in the department and head
of the new degree programme.
"In the future, these individuals will need an increasingly broader range of
technical and business management skills and practical experience if they are to
Sponsor is farm management service company The
Maschoffs, headquartered in Carlyle, Illinois. In the last ten years the company
embarked on numerous progressive research projects in the pig production science
with the university, ranging from nutrition to health to transportation and
Applied pig research
Students will spend three semesters doing class work and
being involved in a wide range of applied pig research. During the final
semester of the programme, they will work within the company's system carrying
out an applied research project.
The programme starts in the autumn of next year.
â€¢ University of Illinois
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