Pre-Conference Sessions

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Sunday, September 18

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University of Alberta-University of Minnesota Reproduction Workshop - The Genetics x Environment Interaction of Sow Lifetime Productivity 

Sow lifetime performance (SLP) is complex and multifaceted and a key component of the productivity and efficiency of commercial swine production. In this session, we will address several of these components by exploring the Genetic X Environment Interaction of Sow Lifetime Productivity (The GxE of SLP). Experts from industry will share their perspective and experience to mitigate some of the risk factors that can lead to early loss of young sows and result in improved SLP across genetic lines in the industry. Topics will include: Increasing sow milk yield and stimulating mammary development, colostrum management for the young gilt, the genetics of piglet survivability, the environmental effect of heat stress on sow performance and the role of the boar in improved SLP.  

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Geeks to Geeks Workshop - Analytical tools to support pre- and post-outbreak actions to mitigate the impacts of an African swine fever outbreak

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The recent global expansion of African Swine Fever, including its detection for the first time in 40 years in the Americas, raises concerns about the risk of an epidemic in the US. This workshop provides participants with an introduction to recently developed tools and strategies that may help national efforts for early detection and mitigation of the impact of foreign hemorrhagic fevers of swine, most notably, Classical Swine Fever and African Swine Fever.

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Clinical Cases and Problem-Solving Skills by DVM Students

The Morrison Swine Innovator Prize honors the legacy of Dr. Bob Morrison by inspiring DVM students to pursue work that matters for the swine industry and in doing so, to follow his mantra of  “Learn. Teach. Have fun.” Students will have the opportunity to share their work at the 2022 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference to win the 2022 Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!

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Research highlights

Details about this session will be posted closer to the conference.

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Beer and Bacon Conversations with Dr. Tara Donovan

Join us for a vivid conversation with Dr. Tara Donovan.  Tara Donovan is an on-staff veterinarian and Vice President of Health Management for The HANOR Company, a pork producer with operations in seven states and partner in Triumph Foods processing plant. Tara oversees the company’s preventative health care programs and a team of veterinary professionals responsible for swine health across the company.  She provides on-farm swine health-care training and education and is responsible for oversight of the company’s animal well-being and quality assurance programs.  Dr. Donovan will share her insights on swine industry issues and how she has been able to navigate her successful path in one of the most forward thinking companies of the US swine industry.