Registration is now open for the 2019 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, the internationally acclaimed event that brings hundreds of swine veterinarians and other professionals from more than 20 countries each year to St. Paul, Minn. This year’s program is slated for Sept. 14-17 at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
The conference, which was initiated by Allen D. Leman, a University of Minnesota Extension veterinarian, and Jim Hanson, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s continuing education program, was first held in 1974 for Minnesota practitioners. Today, it has evolved into a multi-session, international meeting. Following Leman’s death in 1992, the conference was renamed in his honor with the University of Minnesota faculty continuing to provide leadership in developing the program while remaining committed to Leman’s vision of excellence.
This year’s keynote presentations are:
- “Using Internal Research and Innovation to Enhance Value Across the Smithfield Pork Chain,” Terry Coffey, chief science and technology officer for Smithfield Hog Production Division
- “Cracking the Streptococcus Suis Code,” Connie Gebhart, professor of microbiology at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
- “Animal Protein Markets and the Impact of African Swine Fever,” Christine McCracken, Rabobank executive director
- “Managing Piglet Preweaning Mortality: Issues and Opportunities,” Mike Ellis, University of Illinois professor of swine production management
In addition to two days of swine-related programming, including academic sessions, trade show and poster presentations, the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize and the Allen D. Leman Swine in Practice awards will be presented. The University of Minnesota Meat Laboratory will conclude this year’s conference Sept. 17 with a pork cutting demonstration and discussion on modern pork marketing. Ryan Cox, Extension meat specialist, and Dallas Dornink, Meat Laboratory supervisor, will demonstrate the most common methods for fabricating fresh pork cuts, as well as discuss current cutting trends and potential markets.
All attendees are reminded to adhere to strict biosecurity measures as they finalize their travel arrangements to the Leman Conference. If attendees originate or have visited any country in the last seven days with cases of African swine fever, classical swine fever or foot-and-mouth disease, organizers recommend following these recommendations:
- Restrict farm visits and work with your host to determine if or when is the best time to visit a farm. A seven-day no-farm or market contact period is recommended.
- Do not wear or bring clothes that have been used on farms.
- Do not bring food products from any of those countries.
Registration is $350 through Aug. 14 and $490 from Aug. 15 on. For graduate students the registration fee is $190 through Aug. 14 and $240 starting Aug. 15.