Registration is now open for the 2019 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference. The event, sponsored by the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, District 6, will be held at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, on Nov. 7-8.
The conference was renamed in 2015 after the death of longtime conference chair, James D. McKean, and was previously known as the Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners. The program is designed to answer daily concerns of swine practitioners.
With the recent introduction of African swine fever into Asian countries, this year’s program will heavily focus on ASF, biosecurity and how veterinarians can be prepared if it arrives in the United States. The pre-conference sessions focus on helping producers develop their Secure Pork Supply Plan and what is new in diagnostic surveillance tools. The main program will feature two veterinarians who have first-hand experience dealing with the introduction of ASF into swine farms as well as what the state and federal response would look like if a foreign animal disease were to show up on U.S. soil. The session will also explore how ASF in Asia is impacting global markets as well as what mass disposal options are available. Several presentations will focus on biosecurity including some recent research on how to enhance on-farm biosecurity and what additional biosecurity steps have been successful in keeping ASF out of farms in countries that are endemic for ASF.
New research will also be reviewed on endemic diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, rotavirus and corona viruses. Antimicrobial resistance and judicious use of antibiotics and its impact on swine production, pelvic organ prolapses and precision livestock farming round out the program.
The ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference will also once again hold two pre-conference workshops on the Wednesday afternoon prior to the beginning of the main conference on Nov. 6. These workshops will cover disease surveillance and Secure Pork Supply Plan development.
Click here for more information and to register. Register on or before Oct. 20 to receive the early registration discount.