Swine nutritionist Jason Woodworth recently joined the Four Star Veterinary Service (FSVS) team as a consultant to help clients with swine nutrition questions. He comes with 27 years of experience in swine nutrition including a PhD in swine nutrition from Kansas State University (KSU).
Currently a research nutritionist at KSU, Woodworth has started consulting with FSVS on client cases.
“The objective of what I’ll be doing with FSVS is to support the efforts of the veterinarians to improve the health and welfare of the pigs so we can have the most efficient and productive clients possible,” he said.
KSU swine nutrition background
Woodworth grew up on a diversified crop farm at Sterling, Kansas. He went to KSU for an undergraduate degree in swine nutrition while also working and living at the university’s swine unit. He went on to earn his MS and PhD degrees in swine nutrition also at KSU. His research involved the vitamin and mineral requirements of nursery pigs and sows.
For 11 years, Woodworth worked for Lonza, a Swiss life sciences company. He was Global Product Manager for some of Lonza’s specialty feed ingredients and was responsible for the global research and development of the company’s animal nutrition portfolio for all production and companion animal species. This provided Woodworth a nutrition background in a wide variety of species, including lobsters.
He estimates he spent about 50 percent of his time traveling internationally.
In June 2013, he came back to KSU were he re-joined the Applied Swine Nutrition team and is a Research Professor. He helps line up and lead research, and mentor graduate students.
Woodworth lives in Enterprise, Kansas, with his wife Brooke and two sons, Jensen and Carson. He spends time with the family at youth sports and music events, 4-H activities, and their Angus farm.