The 2022 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference offered science-based solutions to swine producers and veterinarians

The 2022 edition of the Allen D. Leman swine conference held in St. Paul, MN continued to offer a wide range of high-quality, science-driven presentations while innovating on several aspects of its program. This year was another successful edition for the UMN organizing committee, attracting more than 800 attendees from around the globe. Enjoy a few highlights from the conference and mark your calendars for next year: September 16-19, 2023!

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Vaccination decreases the risk of influenza A virus reassortment but not genetic variation in pigs

Today we are sharing a recent publication from the Torremorell lab in Microbiology and Infectious Disease regarding the impact of swine influenza A vaccination on the virus reassortment and on the genetic variation observable in pigs. The full article is available in open access on the journal’s website.

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History and best practices of captive bolt euthanasia for swine

This week, we are sharing a literature review based on a collaboration between Drs. John Deen and Perle Zhitnitskiy and the animal welfare team at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, led by Dr. Kurt Vogel. In this open-access publication from the Journal of Translational Animal Science, the authors review the history of captive bolt euthanasia, best practices and current challenges faced by the swine industry including the euthanasia of mature swine.

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How is manure changing over time? Trends in Midwest manure sample data

This post comes from our colleagues at the University of Minnesota -College of Extension. Follow their latest news on their blog: Minnesota Crop News

This post was written by: Nancy Bohl Bormann, Graduate research assistant; Melissa Wilson, Extension manure management specialist, & Erin Cortus, Extension engineer

Key Points

  • Current livestock manure “book values” (the approximate amounts of various nutrients in manure) are several decades old.
  • Using recent data from several Midwest U.S. labs, we found that manure nutrient data have changed over time compared to previous Midwest Plan Service (MWPS) manure book values.
  • The University of Minnesota is creating a manure nutrient database called ManureDB to help update these values.
  • We are currently looking to partner with laboratories that analyze manure on this project.
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Russian pig production grows – a podcast

Podcasts are a perfect way to get caught up with new swine information! We are presenting you the latest episode from “At The Meeting… Honoring Dr. Bob Morrison” in collaboration with SwineCast.

Economic sanctions have sparked expansion of Russian pork production to the point where export to China is likely. The At the Meeting team learns about Russia’s swine industry with Brad Heron, director of pork operations for Cherkizovo, one of Russia’s leading protein production companies.

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