This episode highlights Midwest ASAS’s symposium “I am not Bossy – Professional Women in the Allied Industry” and other presentations from this year’s meeting. In the first part of the episode, our host Casey Bradley discusses the symposium and the inspiration beyond it.
We also chat with Edward Yang about the Midwest highlights and what it means to be a scholar, his research, and what’s next for the industry. This episode (and within the agricultural sector) focuses on finding solutions to natural climate change problems through sustainability, precision feeding, and pig production. Essential topics such as using different protein levels and ingredients – the US corn and soy meals – to improve production efficiency are addressed. What other options do we have besides the diet? Improving our sustainability and using it as an objective must be economical to make it advantageous. The importance of annual sustainability reports as the first starting point to sustainability through numbers and the ethical debate of how ‘data mining’ is dangerous. How to, as a student, network yourself as the next generation in the animal science industry as a valuable asset.
About the host:
Dr. Casey Bradley is an Animal Scientist and Nutritionist that has worked with swine and other livestock with many years of valuable experience. Her specialties include product development, technical writing, presentations, research, technical sales, mentoring, and networking. Her focus is on nutrition, immunology, and animal welfare. She has presented at large conferences in the USA, Canada, Greece, and Denmark with work experience in farm and research management, technical service and sales, regulatory, project, and employee management. An industry leader, guiding students and colleagues towards sustainable pork production.
About the guest:
Edward is a young scholar with great potential and aspirations who is also the young scholar award (ASAS) holder. A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota, originally from China, has spent the last ten years in the US working with pigs. He is a nutritionist with a focus on grower-finisher pigs and how we can reduce nitrogen production and nitrogen recycling through precision feeding practices.
•We need to start paying attention to real and current data in order to understand where we are in terms of sustainability in the agricultural industry
•Agricultural symposiums bridge the gap of sustainability between the beef, dairy, poultry and pork producers, and the consumer
•Providing actual data and making proactive decisions are necessary to move forward as an industry
•Research projects and data are information-rich when analyzed properly
•We need to pay more attention to the benefits women offer to the industry, starting with men