The 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference made a successful switch to online delivery

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to deliver the 2020 Allen D. Leman swine conference  online and the University of Minnesota swine group rose to the challenge. Continuing its tradition of excellent, science-driven presentations, the program blended in recorded talks and live presentations while maintaining interactions with the speakers through a dynamic chat feature.

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Describing vehicle movement patterns within a production system in the Midwest – Part 2

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This is the second part of the project presented to you last week. The MSHMP team developed a method to track vehicle movement patterns in a system.

Key Points:

  • Twelve vehicles transporting weanling pigs and culled sows can interconnect a third of the premises within a Midwest swine system of more than 300 farms. 
  • The system is highly inter-connected, with three identified clusters (“communities”)
  • Each farm can be reached (after passing) through 3 farms within the system-network.
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U of Illinois Student Wins Morrison Swine Innovator Prize… Again!

For the second year in a row, University of Illinois veterinary student Zack Talbert has received the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize, an award given to veterinary students who want to specialize in swine medicine. The award was presented September 22nd at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference.

All North American veterinary students with an interest in swine health and production were eligible. Talbert’s presentation on testing the performance of a fumigation box designed to improve the removal of pathogens from objects entering a swine barn, persuaded reviewers to award him the Prize. Talbert won in 2019 for inventing the Bio-Barrier 360.

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Describing vehicle movement patterns within a production system in the Midwest

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week the MSHMP team presents the results of their latest project which proposed to first record vehicle movement patterns to then add that future disease prediction models. This is part 1 of their report. Part number 2 will be on the blog next week.

Key Points

  • Utilizing movement data to understand network connectivity can provide insights impacting disease control, animal welfare, and other areas.
  • The number of vehicle movements is constant over season and year, with no high or low seasons indicating a constant level of contacts. 
  • From this subset of transport data, most of the trips are to sow farms (32.5%) and Truck-wash facilities (37.6%).
  • The average time for vehicle cleaning, disinfection and baking (at the truck-wash facilities) was ~3hrs.
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The Leman Swine Meeting is here!

This year, the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference promises a new standard for online conferences! From markets, impact of COVID-19 and lessons learned, to preparing for emerging diseases, and enhancing operation’s value-added strategies. We became dedicated to providing an online platform that will wellcome a wide community of presenters and participants from all around the world! Do not wait any longer! Click here for more information and to register.

More reasons needed to join us? Please, check out some of our previous posts to convince yourself that the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference will become an outstanding online event in 2020! See you soon!

Let’s talk about vaccines at the Leman swine conference

Join us for the 2020 Allen D. Leman swine conference!

Kick off the final day of the Leman Conference with a stress-reducing mindfulness session

Attend all the 2020 Leman Conference workshops!

Meet the Leman Keynote Speakers!