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Pig Welfare Symposium Aims to ID Solutions

The upcoming Pig Welfare Symposium, November 13-15, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is in such demand that pre- and postsymposiums have been added to the original agenda. The goal is to improve the well-being of pigs by sharing research, discussing issues, and identifying potential solutions. 

   To see the full agenda and to register, go to pork.org/events/pig-welfare-symposium. Email pws@pork.org for help. 

  Following are the five new seminars. 

1. Spanish Seminar: Developing an On-Farm Animal Welfare Program, led by Alex Ramirez. This seminar is designed for Spanish-speaking producers and caretakers. Participants will learn about pig welfare standards, expectations on a global scale, and effective animal welfare programs.

2. Preparing for a Foreign Animal Disease, presented by Patrick Webb. Participants will respond to a foreign animal disease outbreak through a hands-on tabletop exercise. This includes restriction of animal movements, mass depopulation, and the importance of creating a site plan.

3. Low-Stress Animal Handling, presented by Dave Uttecht. This interactive session will teach participants how to identify indicators of pigs’ attention and fear levels and how pigs’ response patterns change under confined or crowded conditions.

4. On-Farm Euthanasia, led by Monique Pairis-Garcia. This session will cover the biology of euthanasia, decision-making and timelines, approved methods of euthanasia in swine, and how to confirm death of the animal. Manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate proper use of euthanasia equipment.

5. Day 1 Pig Care, presented by Sarah Probst Miller. Participants will learn best practices to start piglets off on the right foot for success and ultimately reduce preweaning mortality. 

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