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New K-State swine building

The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry will unveil a new growing and finishing swine building as part of the 2008 Swine Day Nov. 20 in Manhattan.

Fundraising for the $650,000 building began three years ago and all funds came from donations to support research and teaching efforts in swine production, said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Old facility replaced
The new 75- by 208-foot building replaced an older facility, DeRouchey said. It complements several existing buildings that make up the swine unit, including a headquarters building which contains classrooms, plus farrowing and nursery, gestation and metabolism, and breeding barns.

“The new facility will house pigs indoors and remove extra pigs not used for research and teaching off of dirt lots. That will help reduce pathogen loads, decrease odour and generally aid the health of K-State's swine herd,” said Extension swine specialist Jim Nelssen.

The new building will expand the university's research capabilities, said DeRouchey, adding that through large viewing windows, the building's design will allow undergraduate and graduate students better visibility than was possible in the previous facility.

State-of-the-art
“This building, which features a computerised feeding system, allows us to take pigs all the way from weaning to market in this facility,” Nelssen said. “Students will train in a state-of-the-art modern facility. They will have exposure to not only the newest technology (in the new building), but also some of the technology that has been used in the industry for awhile in some of our older buildings. That way, they will be familiar with newer, as well as older technologies when they go into industry.”

The building will hold up to about 1,000 head in four separate rooms, he added. More information on K-State's Swine Day and the opportunity to view the new growing and finishing building is available online.

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