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Swine Experience

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and the ISU Department of Animal Science are excited to announce the return of the ISU Swine Industry Experience, set for January 2023. The goal of the ISU Swine Industry Experience is to develop undergraduate student exposure, knowledge, skills, and professional relationships in the swine industry, in order to help meet the critical need for trained professionals in the swine industry. This experience will include hands-on farm learning, classroom lectures, and industry networking opportunities. The best thing is, thanks to our sponsors, accepted students will pay nothing and be eligible for a scholarship! Application deadline is Nov. 1, 2022.

Highlights from the 2022 Swine Experience

This week-long event allowed 7 students to gain experience and knowledge they need to consider joining the swine industry. These students had the opportunity to do multiple on-site farm tours in Iowa as well as learn and network with industry professionals from 15 companies.   

For participant Rueben Arellano, he described the experience as invaluable stating, "I'm very new to the animal science world, so learning about biosecurity, anatomy, and behavioral patterns, first-hand made everything 'click' better than learning behind a desk in a classroom."


Opportunity for up to 20 Iowa State undergraduate students to participate in an all-expenses-paid Iowa State Swine Industry Experience to be held in the Ames, Iowa area January 9-13, 2023.

The overall goal of this Swine Industry Experience and associated activities and opportunities is to: develop student’s exposure to and knowledge, skills, and professional relationships in swine management in order to help meet critical need for trained professionals in the swine industry.


  • Train students in aspects of swine production through a week long hands-on comprehensive "Experience" around Ames, IA
  • Cultivate student’s vision of potential career paths within the swine industry
  • Facilitate student interaction with professionals in the swine industry

What's included?

The Swine Industry Experience will include both classroom instruction and hands-on experiences at participating farms. Transportation to and from Ames, hotels, food, and educational materials will be provided. Upon acceptance, students will be enrolled in AnS 490 for 1 credit hour for Spring 2023. The Swine Industry Experience content to be covered will include:

  • Sow operations - breeding, gestation, farrowing
  • Wean to finish - Weaning, grow/finish, pig management
  • Swine health and well-being management - biosecurity, preventative medicine, housing
  • Swine nutrition and feeding, and risk management
  • Evening networking dinners with swine producers and allied-industry supporters

During and (or) following the Swine Industry Experience, there will be additional opportunities for students to network with swine industry partners.

The application is due by November 1, 2022 and should be emailed to Stacie Matchan at sgould@iastate.edu.

Disclaimer: Application does not ensure spot in the program, interviews will be held to determine 20 final students. It is important that all applicants understand NO swine exposure is allowed for the 2 weeks leading up to the program start date. A date in December will be scheduled to discuss program expectations.


Thank You to Our Collaborators!

Brenneman Pork Cactus Family Farms Farm Credit Services of America First Choice Livestock
Genvax Technologies Gourley Research Group Iowa Pork Producers Association Iowa Select Farms
Merck Animal Health pork checkoff New Fashion Pork Nutriquest
PIC Pipestone Prestage Foods of Iowa Seaboard foods



Stacie Matchan
Stacie Matchan.
Program Specialist