Growing up on a diversified livestock and grain farm in North Dakota taught Dr. Mike Tokach many of the practical day-to-day problems that livestock producers can encounter. In his position as a swine extension specialist and researcher, Mike has the opportunity to help producers solve those problems. Following completion of a bachelor degree in Animal Science at North Dakota State University in 1986, Mike earned a Masters degree in swine nutrition at Kansas State University in 1988. After completing his doctorate in swine nutrition at the University of Minnesota in March 1991, Mike joined the staff of K-State Research and Extension as a livestock specialist. His position has evolved from a 100% extension position to the current 60% extension and 40% research appointment. Mike was promoted to associate professor in 1995 and full professor in 2001. He assumed the additional role of Extension State Leader for Animal Sciences and Industry in July, 2005.
Mike's focus is transferring information to swine producers and conducting practical nutrition research. He is a member of a highly productive swine team. Mike has presented invited seminars at over 250 animal and veterinary science meetings around the world. Mike has co-authored 200 refereed journal papers, 470 abstracts, 680 extension publications and field day reports, and 6 book chapters. Mike and his colleagues have generated over $8 million in grants and gifts to Kansas State University to support swine research. Mike was named one of the 50 people that have made the greatest impact on the swine industry in the last 50 years by the National Hog Farmer Magazine.
Mike’s wife, Lisa, also specializes in swine as a veterinarian in the Abilene Animal Hospital. Mike and Lisa have three children, Sage, Rogan, and Fiona.