Zinpro: 1st symposium on sow lameness
The world's first symposium on sow lameness will take place in Minneapolis on
April 2-4, 2008.
It is an invitation-only event, organised by Zinpro Performance Minerals®,
bringing together an expert international panel of nutritionists, veterinarians,
and animal scientists to share their knowledge with the swine industry.
Attendees from 21 countries are expected.
In 2004, the company joined with other individuals in the
industry to form the 'Feet First™ Sow Lameness Project' to investigate the
complex issue of sow lameness. Feet First leading member, Dr. John Deen,
University of Minnesota, says sow lameness is a significant problem. "We've
recognised that this is a major and perhaps worsening issue and we hope the
symposium will provide valuable discussion toward the ultimate goal of reducing
lameness and improving sow herd health through better feet".
Areas to be
discussed at the symposium include: lameness prevalence, lesion type and
severity, risk factors, pathology, epidemiology, productivity, economic
consequences and possible solutions.
According to Dr. Terry Ward of
Zinpro Corporation, there is much to learn about sow lameness and "we feel that
this symposium will become a regular event as there are many important questions
about sow lameness to which pork producers, their nutritionists and
veterinarians want more answers".
More information about the Symposium
can be obtained from Zinpro at the following email address:
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