Abstract submission for the 2019 Allen D. Leman swine conference is open

Are you interested in sharing your research with the international swine research community? Submit your research abstract for presentation at the 2019 Allen D. Leman swine conference!

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Dr. Nathan Winkelman to receive the Science in Practice award

Nathan Winkelman, DVM, president and co-owner of Swine Services Unlimited, Inc. (SSUI), is the 2019 recipient of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award, which is presented at the annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in Saint Paul, MN. Dr. Winkelman caught the science bug early in his career and, thankfully, never found a cure for his orientation toward discovery.

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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.

ASF China case 5 map
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.