In this 55th episode of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley presents a few highlights from the American Science of Animal Science (ASAS) Midwest meetings in Omaha, Nebraska – the largest scientific meeting for swine research in the US. She also speaks to Edward Yang about what it means to be a scholar, his research, and what’s next for the industry.
The Real P3 podcast series is an initiative where pork professionals from around the globe share their thoughts, insights, and solutions to their day-to-day challenges in the pig farming and production industry.
Dr Bradley chaired and helped to arrange a symposium entitled ‘I am not Bossy – Professional Women in the Allied Industry’. In the first part of this podcast, she talked about the inspiration behind it and highlights some interesting concerns and realities for women in the swine sector and which were presented by various women in the industry.
In the second part of this podcast, Edward Yang (soon to be Dr Yang), a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota and originally from China, talked about other ASAS Midwest highlights. Yang is a swine nutritionist with a focus on grower-finisher pigs and has spent the last 10 years in the US working with pigs.
At the symposium, Yang won a Young Scholar Award for his work around sustainability and precision feeding in pig production. He talks about the work being done to help the climate change problem, specifically nitrogen, which can be damaging to the environment. There are many opportunities, he said, to reduce waste and recycle nitrogen to make the pork industry more sustainable. Being a nutritionist, his focus was on feeding programmes and gathering real data using a life-cycle assessment model.