International Conference on Pig Survivability Postponed Until 2021

Hogs in pins ( Jo Windmann )

The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for Oct. 28-29, 2020 has been postponed a year due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-28, 2021 and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, NE, according to a release from Iowa State

"We are disappointed that we’re not able to hold this conference this fall, yet we know the decision is the right one for our attendees and our presenters. We look forward to sharing even more information with attendees in 2021 about how they can use current information to improve survivability rates in their operations," the organizers say in the release. 

Unknowns about the ability of attendees, presenters and companies to travel, as well as other factors affecting a normal return to business function because of COVID-19 led the organizing committee to the decision to postpone, removing the potential risk of a negative impact on the industry.

More information about the Pig Survivability Project can be found here

The 2021 conference objectives will be to facilitate the discussion and dissemination of the most current information relative to sow, litter, weaned pig and grow-finish mortality. The conference aims to bring the industry together to motivate change while providing the tools and resources to do it.

Though the conference is an important component of the survivability project, other avenues to distribute information such as podcasts, fact sheets, webinars and other digital media will continue as planned, the release concludes.