The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for Oct. 28-29, has been postponed a year. Improving Pig Survivability Project leaders say the decision was necessary due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conference Chair Joel DeRouchey, an Extension program leader at Kansas State University, says the new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-28, 2021, and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, Neb.
“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,” DeRouchey says. “We’re looking forward to being able to share even more information with attendees in 2021 about how they can use current information to improve survivability rates in their pig farming operations.”
Improving pig survivability
Project leader Jason Ross, who is also director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, says conference organizers took seriously their decision to postpone the conference. “As we looked at the unknowns in terms of allowable travel by companies, businesses and universities, and other factors affecting return to normal business function due to COVID-19, our organizing committee chose to alleviate the potential risk of negative impact on the industry by postponing the conference,” Ross says.
The Improving Pig Survivability project has two primary objectives: to identify factors contributing to swine mortality in commercial production, and to develop strategies and information to reduce mortality and maximize pig survivability. Read more about the project and its progress at piglivability.org.
Looking ahead to 2021
“The 2021 conference objectives are to facilitate the discussion and dissemination of the most current information relative to sow, litter, weaned pig and grow-finish mortality,” Ross says. “We want to bring the industry together to motivate change while providing the tools and resources to do it.”
You should look forward to continued distribution of project information. “While the conference will remain an important component of our overall project, other avenues of information distribution such as podcasts, fact sheets, webinars and other digital media will continue as planned,” says DeRouchey. “We are developing a strong, nationally effective Extension and Outreach effort, coupled with innovative applied research for this project and are confident this conference will be a major piece of that effort in 2021.”
Those who have already registered for the 2020 conference will receive a refund. Check the conference website for more information.