Grant joined Manitoba Pork in October 2019 where his roles include government outreach, sector expansion initiatives and managing the organization’s research portfolio. Before Manitoba Pork, Grant spent 17 years working with the Province of Manitoba’s Municipal Relations department involved in a variety of land use and planning initiatives, including developing the livestock technical review framework. He has a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences and a M.Sc. in City Planning, both from the University of Manitoba.
February 7th, 9:00 - 9:30 am
Sponsored by: Manitoba Pork Council
Raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley on a family farm, Mallory graduated from the University of Portland in 2010 and after graduation she taught English in the Sacred Valley in Peru. Upon returning home, she began working for Oregon Aglink working in both program and fundraising roles. In 2017 she was named Executive Director and is passionate about connecting people around agriculture.
February 7th, 9:30 -10:00am
Adopt a Farmer
Dr. Egan Brockhoff is an experienced swine veterinarian, policy advisor and university lecturer. Currently he serves as the Veterinary Counselor for the Canadian Pork Council. Throughout his career his work in swine veterinary medicine has afforded him the opportunity to consult extensively within the pork value chains throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In 2020 he was the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations, Merck Veterinary Award for Food Animal Veterinarian of the Year. In September of 2021 he was honored to have received the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award.
February 7th, 10:00 - 10:30 am
Let’s keep exporting, an update on african swine fever planning and preparedness in North America
Sponsored by: Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)
University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Zhenbin Zhang obtained his PhD degree from University of Manitoba. After that he worked at HyLife as Swine Nutritionist for 11 years focusing on Nutrition & Research. Then he went to Jefo Nutrition to take the role of Sales and Technical Support in monogastric for 3 years. Since late of 2021, he has been with Cargill Animal Nutrition as Swine Nutritionist.
February 7th 10:45 - 11:15 am
Piglet surviveability through improved sow nutrition.
Speaker Sponsored by: Cargill Animal Nutrtition
Lars started his career in the agro business in 1990 – in more than 30 years Lars has been developing new solutions for pig farms. Lars is a well-known person in Denmark – always in front with new innovation ideas. Throughout these 30 years, there have been many new design solutions - Lars has 5 times won the Danish AWARD for best and most innovative idea/solution in pig farming - it should be mentioned that there are over 300 other candidates for the same award. Lars has worked on: further development of Free Farrowing for over 20 years, with an important focus on piglets.
February 7th 11:15 - 12:00
* What free farrow design is the best
• Focus on piglets - Get lower
mortality and best productivity
Speaker Sponsored by: Hy-Genetic & Hypro
Dr. Jason Ross is a Professor in the department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, currently serving as Chair. Jason’s research program has focused on using basic and applied research approaches to enable livestock producers and associated industries to improve swine production efficiency. Ross’s research program has helped secure nearly $30 million dollars in research funding and has published more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts.
February 7th 1:15 – 2:00 pm
The last 20 years of hog production and what to expect for the next 20 years
LeeAnn Peters is a Professional Agrologist with A Bsc. in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and 25 years of practical experience in the industry. Since 2013, she has been the Director, Technical Services for Maple Leaf Foods. Leading from a strong background in animal science, continuous improvement and change management, her team focuses on Animal Health and Welfare, Nutrition, Quality Assurance & Programing, Technical Innovation & Employee Training. She is actively involved in several industry-wide committees with a strong interest in animal diseases and their economic impact to the swine industry.
February 7th 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Unlocking the secrets of streptococcus zooepidemicus
Sponsored by: Agribution
Dr Jeff Bergermann Graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture in 2006 with a degree in Animal Science, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
His veterinary career started out in rural mixed practice in Saskatchewan, and eventually changed to swine medicine which he has been practicing for ten years before joining Zoetis Swine Team.
February 7th 2:45 – 3:30 pm
ABCD and E of pig care
Sponsored by: Zoetis
Topic: Unexpected cost savings.
Additional information to be added.
Lesley Kelly is the farmer behind the alias, High Heels & Canola Fields where her goal is to build community and connection around farming. She has been a leader in advocating for mental health in agriculture. She co-founded the Do More Agriculture Foundation whose mission is to support farmers and bring much needed mental health resources to the industry.
February 8th, 9:00 - 10:00
When Stress is More Than a Season
Dr. Keenliside is a veterinary consultant from Edmonton, Alberta. Julia previously worked as a swine disease specialist and epidemiologist for the provincial government of Alberta for 25 years. In addition to participating in emergency responses to several disease outbreaks, she has done work in areas such as animal health surveillance, biosecurity, zoonotic diseases, foodborne diseases, and swine disease.
February 8th 10:00 - 10:30am
Practical Tips to improve your load-out. The CWSHIN load-out project
Speaker Sponsored by: Carlo Genetics
Van Doan is the Agri-Resource Engineer with Manitoba Agriculture and leads the department’s Engineering Services Team. She has a couple decades of experience in mortalities management, planning and preparedness and is well known for her extensive work in carcass composting. She also serves on several committees related to the destruction and disposal of mortalities on a provincial and national level.
February 8th 10:45 - 11:15 am
Trench Composting Investigation for Managing Pig Carcasses: Two Demonstration Projects
Speaker Sponsored by: Hylife
Dr. Suzanne Leonard is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University. She holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University and a BS in Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Leonard’s current work aims to advance livestock production, with a particular emphasis on facilities, ventilation systems, data-driven decision-making, and on-farm technologies.
February 8th 11:15 - 12:00 pm
Ventilation in the hog barn
Matthew Rooda is the CEO of SwineTech, a company revolutionizing animal agriculture through human centered automation and workforce management. Their product, PigFlow, improves operational efficiencies and pig care for pork producers. Since founding SwineTech in 2015, Rooda has expanded the company globally and hosts the Popular Pig Podcast, sharing insights on swine production and entrepreneurship.
February 8th 1:00 - 1:30 pm
Technological advancements in swine industry: Tech segmentation
and the path to adoption
Speaker Sponsored by: GENUSPIC
Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research program has been focused on engineering approaches to improve animal well-being and production efficiency. Currently, she is working in an area of research called precision animal management, where technology is applied directly to the animal environment to aid in animal management, guide engineering decisions, and develop novel phenotypes.
February 8th 1:30- 2:00 pm
Technology to aid swine production
Willem Steyn is a distinguished Nutritionist and the Founder and Owner of Swine Nutrition Management Pty Ltd, areputable nutrition consultancy company based in South Africa and The Netherlands. With a profound passion for animal nutrition and an extensiveinternational network, he has devoted his career in aiding pig farmers in unleashing the genetic potential of their livestock. Willem's expertise and substantial contributions have left an indelible mark on the agricultural sector, with a distinct focus on the swine industry.
February 8th 2:00- 2:30 pm
Feeding the market hog maximize return
Speaker Sponsored by: Halchemix
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