2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference The annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, held September 15-18, in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, is a showcase gathering of swine practitioners, researchers, and producers joined by affiliated industry to share best practice experience and cutting-edge research. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Minnesota Veterinary Continuing Education team, hundreds of hours of preparation and presentation are distilled on SwineCast.com for your review.
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Video: Gilt Management/Puberty Induction and Sow Longevity/Productivity - Dr. Rob Knox, University of Illinois, suggests that how gilts are developed affects how long they will remain in the herd. This presentation provides a summary of various research studies that relate to sow longevity and productivity and then offers approaches to improving gilt management. From the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. [video].
Video: Nursery Management and Sow Longevity - Dr. Mark Estienne, Virginia Tech, provides an approach to management of replacement gilts. Some of Dr. Estienne's observations: Increasing litter size increases the proportion of pigs with low-birth weight phenotypes; management and husbandry practices to which sows are exposed may program fetuses such that future growth and reproduction is impacted; and stressors during the suckling and nursery phases of production may have long-term consequences on reproductive efficiency. From the 2012 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-18, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. [video].
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