International Conference on Pig Survivability will be held on 27 to 28 October

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for 27 to 28 October in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Omaha.
calendar icon 12 March 2021
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Confirmed speakers and topics to be addressed include

  • Dr Lee Schulz, Iowa State University; Economics of swine mortality
  • Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services LLC, a MetaFarms Company; Trends of US swine survivability
  • Dr Bill Christianson, Genus PIC; Trends of international swine survivability
  • Cassie Edgar, McKee, Voorhees, and Sease, PLC; Advancing technology — regulatory, advocating, and future
  • Dr Gustavo Pizarro, Pipestone Veterinary Services; Industry successes and failures in pre-weaning survivability
  • Dr Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University; Industry successes and failures in post-weaning survivability
  • Dr Karine Talbot, HyLife; Wean to finish biosecurity – a need for change
  • Valerie Duttlinger, Summit Smart Farms; The right people for the right job
  • Dr Sara Probst Miller, Ag Create Solutions; Effective training: what works and what does not
  • Dr Larry Coleman, Vet Care; Do not lose the urgency
  • Dr Justin Ransom, senior director, Sustainable Food Strategy at Tyson Foods; Social responsibility of pig survivability
  • Dr John Deen, University of Minnesota; Sow mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
  • Dr Kara Stewart, Purdue University; Pre-weaning mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
  • Dr Deb Murray, New Fashion Pork; Nursery mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
  • Dr Jim Pillen, Pillen Family Farms; Finishing mortality: opportunities for measurable impact
  • Bill Even, National Pork Board; Call to action
  • Dr Noel Williams, Iowa Select Farms, and Mike Tokach, Kansas State University; Conference impressions: now, what should we do to capture value in academics and industry
  • Numerous industry panels for interactive discussions

Click here to learn more about the conference. Registration for the conference is now open. To receive other updates from the Improving Pig Survivability project, please visit and subscribe to project updates.

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project. This five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project is funded by the National Pork Board and FARR, aimed at reducing mortality in the US swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project. The project is being organized as a collaborative effort by Iowa State University, Kansas State University and Purdue University. 

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