Megan Bloemer, U of Illinois student, receives the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize

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Megan Bloemer (right) receives the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize from Dr. Perle Boyer (left).

University of Illinois veterinary student Megan Bloemer has received the first-ever Morrison Swine Innovator Prize, a new award given to veterinary students who want to specialize in swine medicine. The award was presented at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, MN.

All North American veterinary students with an interest in swine health and production were eligible. Bloemer’s presentation on reducing the risks of disease transmission at truck washes helped her rise to the top among the seven student finalists.  The Bloomington, IL native says her project was an eye-opener.

“I didn’t know a lot about how truck washes worked and the amount of moving parts required prior to this project,” Bloemer says. “What was most interesting for me was the amount of hard work that goes into cleaning these trailers every day and just how critical they are for protecting herd health.”

Bloemer is a third-year veterinary student and hopes to find either a swine production company or swine veterinary clinic where she can add value by interacting with farm staff and improving herd health.

Bloemer received a cash award of $7,500 plus complimentary registration and travel costs to attend the Leman Swine Conference. The Morrison Swine Innovator Prize honors the legacy of the late Bob Morrison, DVM, PhD, MBA, who coordinated the conference for many years. The award is sponsored by leading swine producers, veterinary practices, and industry partners.

The 2018 Leman conference starts this week-end!

Are you ready for the 2018 Leman conference? Come see us starting September 15th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Why come to the Leman conference?

  • For the scientific program built around science-driven solutions, with international speakers
  • For the networking opportunities with hundreds of participants from the swine industry
  • Continuing Education credits available for veterinarians
  • Flu vaccination clinic sponsored by Newport Laboratories

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Who should attend the Allen D. Leman swine conference?

Swine veterinarians and other professionals working in swine production and animal health management are welcome to attend.

This year in the program:

  • Keynote presentations:
    • Morrison Lecture: New Fashion Pork: Our Integrated History by Brad Freking and Deb Murray
    • Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae: Where are we at and where are we going? by Maria Pieters
    • Trade in Pigs and Pork: Challenges for an Exporting Nation by
      Becca Martin and Randy Spronk
    • Pijoan Lecture: 30 Years of PRRS: A Platform for Progress by Michael Murtaugh
  • Dr. Rebecca Robbins to receive the Science in Practice award sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Beer and Bacon conversations: Dr. Matt Turner will be interviewed by Dr. Marie Culhane on Sunday September 15th at 5:15pm
  • The Morrison Swine Innovator Prize will be awarded for the first time on Monday September 16th
  • Special African Swine Fever session chair by John Deen on Monday September 15th

We are looking forward to seeing you next week but if you cannot make it, make sure to come see us next year: Sept 14-17, 2019 !

A dedicated session on African Swine Fever at the Leman Conference

Given the recent developments of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China, the Leman Conference is planning a special breakout session on Tuesday morning. The session will cover key aspects of the ASF virus as well as the spread of ASFV in Eastern Europe and China, important elements of ASFV transmission, and implications of the recent developments in China.

Not registered? No problem!

There is still time to register and join your colleagues at the annual educational event for the global swine industry.

African Swine Fever: an update as of September 3rd

The fifth case of ASF has been reported in China: you may read the update on the Swine Health Information Center website.

The map below summarizes the location of the various Chinese cases compared to each other.

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Figure 1: Distances by road from different points:  1: = 870 miles (1,400 km); 2= 1,400 miles (2,253 km); 3: 350 miles (563 km); 4: 800 miles (1,288 km); 5: 500 miles (800km); 6: 317 miles (510 km). Red circle shows the location of cases 2, 3, 4, and 5 in a radius of 347 miles (550 km).

In Korea, the virus has been found in pork product that were brought back from China, putting the Korean authorities on high alert. It is is important to remember that ASF can be transmitted through pork products.

US swine producers are invited to review and complete the National Pork Board Foreign Animal Disease Checklist.

Dr. Rebecca Robbins to Receive 2018 Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award

Rebecca Robbins (1) (1)(1)The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine has named Rebecca Robbins, DVM, PhD, as the 2018 recipient of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice award. Robbins is the senior production veterinarian for Seaboard Foods, one of the nation’s leading pork producers and processors.

The Science in Practice award is given each year at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minn. It is the industry’s premier award for swine practitioners who have shown an exceptional ability to use science in day-to-day practice. Nominations and selection of the winner are determined by a swine faculty planning committee at the University.

The 2018 award recognizes Robbins’ service on Seaboard Foods’ research and development team, which coordinates an average of 45 studies annually. She also participates in university research projects and has served on numerous industry advisory boards. Robbins’ research interests are in the use of antibiotics in pork production, epidemiology, and management of mycoplasmas, PRRSv, and PEDv in integrated systems.

“For more than 20 years this award has honored some of the most accomplished veterinary leaders in the swine industry,” says Montse Torremorell, DVM, PhD, and professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine at the University. “We are excited to honor Dr. Robbins and to have the support of Boehringer Ingelheim for this award.”

Boehringer Ingelheim sponsors the reception for the Science in Practice award. “Boehringer Ingelheim is pleased to join the University of Minnesota in congratulating Dr. Robbins, an outstanding swine practitioner whose work ensures pig health is a priority from start to finish,” says Jens Kjaer, DVM, MBA, senior associate director for swine technical marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim. “BI is committed to supporting swine industry leaders in their pursuit of knowledge and science to drive innovative solutions.”

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference will be held September 15-18, 2018 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. From its beginning in 1974, the conference has presented information and issues pertinent to the swine industry. The conference has transformed from a meeting in a small lecture hall to the annual, international conference with more than 800 participants that we know it as today.

Visit www.lemanswine.umn.edu for more information.

NHF: Here’s how co-opetition fits in thriving pork industry

Our latest collaboration with the National Hog Farmer develops the concept of co-opetition and how it fits in the pork industry. Dr John Deen, professor at the University of Minnesota explains what co-opetition with the following:

“With co-opetition, the argument is that the best businessperson is one that does not only excel at production but also works cooperatively with competitors to address common opportunities.”

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The article develops two examples for which co-opetion can be useful, one of them being infectious diseases. The Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project is a clear example of a successful initiative in this regard, with competing production systems voluntarily sharing information on their farms’ health status.

More importantly, co-opetition is happening in a variety of productions. Dr. Rebecca Liu from Lancaster University compared cooperation and competition with co-opetition, and how it helped other industries to thrive during her keynote presentation the 2017 Allen D. Leman swine conference. To listen to Dr. Liu’s talk, click on the image below.

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The 2017 Allen D. Leman swine conference celebrated Bob Morrison’s legacy

The 2017 edition of the Allen D. Leman swine conference held in St. Paul, MN will be remembered as a special one : a tribute to our dear friend and colleague Dr. Bob Morrison whose untimely passing earlier this year stunned the swine world.

Bob was a dedicated advocate for the swine industry, passionate about doing relevant work that will help producers. Man of the utmost integrity, he was a leading force in our world, striving to get better every single day. Bob was also the coordinator of the Allen D. Leman swine conference for many years and even if he was not seen walking down the hallways of the St. Paul RiverCentre, his presence was heavily felt throughout the four days of the conference. Around 1,000 participants gathered from all around the world to attend this annual event designed to provide science-driven solutions to problems encountered on swine farms.

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At the opening of the conference, both Dr. Trevor Ames, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Gordon Spronk, lifelong friend of Bob,  honored Bob’s memory and urged the swine industry to continue his legacy.

On Monday, Gary Louis and Dr. Luc Dufresne from Seaboard Foods gave a keynote lecture on their perspective of what it means to pursue initiatives for the greater good as an integrator whereas Dr. Bob Thompson received the Leman Science in Practice award and shared his experience and advice with young practitioners during the Breakfast Conversations. A lot of high quality research posters were displayed during the reception sponsored by Tonisity and some of our graduate students were among the six selected as best poster presentations.

The new DVM student session showed us that the next generation of veterinarians is curious, passionate about the swine industry and eager to solve its challenges. We will continue this session and enhance it with the creation of the Morrison Swine Innovator Prize which was unveiled during the Science in Practice reception sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

On Tuesday, the keynote session was centered around coopetition, or the act of cooperating with your competitors as Rebecca Liu from Lancaster University explained. Dr. Noel Williams from Iowa Select Farms and Dr. Joel Nerem from Pipestome Systems both gave their perspective on how coopetition works in the swine world. One of the example mentioned was the Morrsion Swine Health Monitoring Program (MSHMP), a project Bob was passionate about, which allows producers to share information such as disease status and work together towards better swine health for all participants.

Most importantly, we would like to thank all of you for your continuing support. The Allen D. Leman swine conference would not exist without you and we hope to see you next year: September 15-18, 2018.

The 2017 Allen D. Leman swine conference starts in a week!

Are you ready for the 2017 Leman conference? Come see us starting September 16th at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Why come to the Leman conference?

  • For the scientific program built around science-driven solutions, with international speakers
  • For the networking opportunities with hundreds of participants from the swine industry
  • Continuing Education credits available for veterinarians
  • Flu vaccination clinic sponsored by Newport Laboratories

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Who should attend the Allen D. Leman swine conference?

Swine veterinarians and other professionals working in swine production and animal health management are welcome to attend.

This year in the program:

  • Dr. Bob Thompson to receive the Science in Practice award sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison’s legacy: Monday September 18th, 8am and 6pm
  • New DVM student session centered around problem-solving skills: Sunday 17th
  • Keynote presentations:
    • Gary Louis and Luc Dufresne from Seaboard Foods, Challenges in defining the Greater Good
    • Noel Williams: Why does the pork industry needs coopetition?
    • Rebecca Liu: Cooperation, Competition and coopetition
    • Tim Roufs: Nutrition and Eating: Understanding why and how we eat

We are looking forward to seeing you next week but if you cannot make it, make sure to come see us next year: Sept 15-18, 2018!