Key Issues on the Agenda at Swine Breeding Management Workshop May 1 & 2

Apr 29, 2013

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The Swine Breeding Management Workshop (SBMW) provides specialized information on breeding management that is relevant and practical to owners and managers of production systems, swine veterinarians, and breeding management consultants.

Sponsored in part by Alberta Pork, the 2013 Workshop will focus on  “Alternative Sow Housing and Breeding Management”. The two-day program will provide the best of both theory and practice in gilt and sow management, presented by an outstanding group of speakers from the R&D community and commercial practice.

Topics will include:

  • Welfare Standards and Assessment
  • Research & Welfare – Key Areas & Considerations
  • Technical Sessions – Swine Research & Technology Centre
  • Alternative Sow Housing & Breeding Management
  • Sow Housing and Productivity
  • Effects of Timing of Mixing Replacement Gilts and Sows on Reproductive Performance and Welfare (
  • Breeding During Lactation
  • Conversion to Group Housing – Things to Consider
  • Welfare and the Media – Information & Messaging

The SBMW is organized and managed by members of the University of Alberta’s Swine Reproduction-Development Program and is a key extension activity of Swine Research and Technology Centre delivered in collaboration with the pork industry. Registrants will have excellent opportunities to interact with sponsor representatives and featured speakers attending the workshop.

Thanks to ongoing cash and in-kind support from sustaining agencies, three-year start-up funding for the Workshop from the Alberta Livestock Industry Development Fund, and previous industry sponsorships, it has been possible to offer the registration for the Swine Breeding Management Workshops at the reasonable rate of $250. A limit of 48 registrants will again apply, to capitalize on the small-group technical sessions and “in-barn” activities based in the Swine Research & Technology Centre that were a highly acclaimed part of previous Workshops.

Responses from the participants of previous workshops indicated that the opportunity to interact over a two-day period with peers, international speakers and commercial leaders in swine reproduction and breeding herd management, in classroom, research-laboratory and in-barn sessions was a unique professional experience.

Source: Alberta Pork

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