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Senior's Research Accepted for Undergraduate Research Competition

The Effects of Group Housing on Sow Production and Behavior

Mika Martino, Agriculture Pre-vet Senior from Richmond, Ky., presented findings from a swine behavior study conducted at EKU's Meadowbrook Farm. 

Martino's written abstract summarizing her study was accepted and her findings were presented at the American Society of Animal Science Southern Regional Undergraduate Research Competition. She was 1 of 16 undergraduates selected to present their research. 

The abstract entitled “The Effects of Group Housing on Sow Production and Behavior” will be published in the Journal of Animal Science.

Students and farm staff were integral in not only launching the study but seeing it through to completion. Martino and advisor Dr. Andrea Sexten both offered their  appreciation to David Peery and Zach Poynter, both of whom were EKU Agriculture students and have since graduated. Peery and Poynter played a key role in designing the study and collecting the first rounds of data. EKU Farm Manager Chad Powers and Agricultural Technician Courtney Sanders were instrumental in implementing barn design changes and caring for the sows.

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Published on February 04, 2018

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