2014 Student Club: Swine Club
The mission of the Swine Club is to inform Mizzou students about the swine industry through networking with business professionals.
In 2013, the Swine Club helped in the CAFNR Fall Round Up, and represented the Missouri Pork Producers at Columbia's Roots and Blues Festival. They also conducted field trips to the Cargill Pork Open House, the Novus Research Farm, and Passion for Pigs, a conference on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome. They also volunteered at the Bradford Research Center Field Day where they spoke about nutrition, breeds, swine housing, bio-security and major swine diseases. At the South Farm Showcase, they answered questions from 9,000 attendees. At MFA's 100th anniversary, the group assisted with food and drinks.
This year's Club has used a strategic blend of guest speakers, field trips and service activities to achieve their goals. The list of activities the Club has participated in and still has planned is impressive. Not only because of the sheer number of functions for a small club, but consider the diversity — field trips, fund raisers, educational, foodservice – the number of partners (other MU clubs, commodity organizations, companies).
—Tim Safranski, associate professor and state swine breeding specialist
In 2014, the Swine Club served as judges for the Missouri Pork Association's Taste of Elegance in Columbia, and sponsored a feral hog panel. They plan to build a cardboard racer for the Float Your Boat for the Food Bank fundraiser, in addition to volunteering at the Food Bank.