Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions. [Source: National Pork Board, July 12, 2017]

"The symposium provides a forum for sharing ideas, learning from other segments of the industry and fostering dialogue on pig welfare-related issues," said Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the Pork Checkoff. "We hope that a broad spectrum of people will attend, including producers, veterinarians, academia, packers and processors and allied industry partners."

To get the early-bird discount, Webb advises those interested to register before Aug. 1. After that, the cost will increase from $150 to $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual

Aside from its main speaker agenda, the two-day symposium also will offer optional hands-on interactive workshops for an additional fee. These will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about topics, such as low-stress pig handling, on-farm euthanasia and understanding the Common Swine Industry Audit.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with experts at various technical exhibits and can interact with the professionals and students who will participate in the symposium's poster sessions.