University of Minnesota iCOMOS/African Swine Fever Webinar Series

Animal health aspects related to African swine fever is a three-webinar series which will explore the unknowns and less obvious negative consequences of global disease pandemics using African Swine Fever as a model and begin a conversation about the need for preparedness and development of contingency plans when or if it occurs in the U.S. and elsewhere. The first webinar takes place on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 7:00 AM Central Standard Time.

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Leman Conference in Spanish Invitation

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.

During November 16-17th 2022, the University of Minnesota Swine Group will be hosting our second virtual Leman Conference exclusively in Spanish,
which includes important topics in health, biosecurity, production, emerging diseases, and sustainability. This virtual event is a great opportunity for
Spanish-speaking individuals working in U.S. pig production systems. The conference will have two keynote sessions that will cover the current ASF
situation in the Dominican Republic and the nutritional and feeding strategies when feed ingredients are costly. In addition, we will have 17
presentations dedicated to respiratory disease control; Senecavirus diagnostics, control, and elimination; strategies for decreasing mortality in all
production stages; best biosecurity practices, and sustainability programs presented by industry leaders. We will also have a diagnostic workshop that
will feature a practical necropsy session with best practices to perform post-mortem examinations. Monday is the last day to register! Register online at:

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Calling all Spanish-speaking swine professionals: The Leman en Español Conference is returning for a second year!

The Leman en Español Conferencia, which will be held virtually on November 16 and 17 in 2022 is an opportunity to learn and network with other Spanish-speaking veterinarians, producers, academics and industry professionals!

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UMN graduate student awarded at the 26th IPVS congress in Rio

The 26th IPVS congress was in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro this past month. A number of presentations were given by UMN speakers, sharing the latest news in swine research. Dr. Cipriano de Abreu from the MycoLab received two best presentation awards for his talks: “Mycoplasma hyorhinis detection in dams and piglets during lactation” and “An experimental aerossol infection model for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in pigs”.

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DVM students: apply to the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!

Veterinary students: Are you shadowing a swine practitioner this summer or have you been involved in an interesting clinical case investigation? Did you work on your veterinary skills by designing a differential diagnosis list or working on a treatment plan? Did you investigate a problem by analyzing production records? Share your work at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference to win the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize!

Attending the Leman Conference is a great opportunity for veterinary students who want to network with industry leaders. Submissions to enter in the selection to present at the DVM student session at the Leman Conference should be uploaded at by August 15th at the end of the day.

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference includes a session for veterinary students to demonstrate their problem-solving skills through the presentation of a case or experience where students challenged their clinical training and problem-solving capabilities necessary for day-to-day practice. Creativity and originality in the support and delivery are encouraged. The session will take place in-person during the afternoon of Sunday, September 18 at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and will include presentations from 7 veterinary students. Invited students will receive a $1,000 stipend and free admission to the Leman Swine Conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Zhitnitskiy at For more information about the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize visit