The Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference is set for Aug. 9-10 in St. Louis. Conference attendees will learn about the newest advancements in academic and industry research to better manage male pigs.

The Boar Stud Managers Conference will draw professionals from around the world to St. Louis for the latest in research to run boar operations more efficiently. This conference is the only one to focus on boar studs in North America. Held once every four years, it has gained popularity since it began in 2000.

“The bulk of hog reproductive research is on the female side like in most animal research, but we want to help make boar stud owners, managers and employees aware of opportunities to improve sperm production and quality,” said Tim Safranski, University of Missouri Extension state swine specialist. Safranski said attendees will learn that when it comes to litter size and semen, less can be more. “We’ll learn information about how male piglets raised in smaller litters produce more sperm in their lifetime,” he said.

Registration is $200 if paid by June 3 and $250 thereafter. For the conference schedule and online registration, go to http://bsmc.missouri.edu. For further information, contact Safranski at (573) 884-7994.