Registration Open for 2019 ISU James D McKean Swine Disease Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2019 Iowa State University James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference. The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, The Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), District 6, sponsor the ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference, according to a release from AASV.

The event was renamed in 2015 after the death of longtime conference chair, Dr. James D. McKean, and was previously known as the Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners. The conference will be held at the Scheman Building, in Ames, Iowa, on November 7-8, 2019.

With African Swine Fever (ASF) introduced into Asian countries, the program in 2019 will heavily focus on ASF, biosecurity, and preparation for if the disease arrives in the U.S. The pre-conference sessions, held on November 6, will focus on helping producers develop their Secure Pork Supply Plan and cover what’s new in diagnostic surveillance tools.

The main program will feature two veterinarians that have first-hand experience dealing with ASF on farms, as well as what the state and federal response would look like if a foreign animal disease were to appear on U.S. soil.

It will also look at how the ASF in Asia is impacting global markets and what mass disposal options are available. Several presentations will focus on biosecurity and the latest research into biosecurity procedures.

New research will be reviewed on endemic diseases such as PRRS, Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, Rota virus, and corona viruses. Antimicrobial resistance and judicious use of antibiotics and their impact on swine production, pelvic organ prolapses, and precision livestock farming will finish out the program.

The program is designed to answer daily concerns of swine practitioners.

For more information and to register, visit Register on or before October 20 to receive the early registration discount.