The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, will host an intensive swine production technology course June 7-14.  The course will feature lectures by a team of internationally recognized instructors and will be supplemented by group discussions and activities.

Effective integration of new technology into production systems poses a major challenge for swine specialists who advise producers. This week-long learning opportunity will be a review of the emerging science in pig biology and the application of new technologies in state-of-the-art production systems. 

The course is being organized by Michael Ellis, Gilbert Hollis and José "Pepe" Cuaron. There will be some evening sessions, and all day instruction on Saturday. Instructors will be available for limited one-on-one consultation.

Participants will receive a thorough review of current knowledge in all swine production disciplines. Copies of lecture materials will be provided. The course provides a unique opportunity for expanding personal contacts with senior swine professionals from around the world

All applicants should have a strong background in both animal physiology and swine production systems. The course is designed for swine specialists from commercial firms and those specialists who direct or provide technical support for swine research and extension programs.

The registration fee for the course is $3,000 per person. If 3-6 persons from the same company or pork producer organization register, the fee is $2,700 per person. If 7-10 persons from the same company or pork producer organization register, the fee is $2,400 per person. Application, registration and payment for the course are due by May 5.

For more information on the course, contact Gilbert Hollis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Animal Sciences, (217) 265-9191, e-mail: hollisg@uiuc.edu or go to http://www.livestocktrail.uiuc.edu/porknet/eventDisplay.cfm?ContentID=10028

For the full course program and registration form, go to http://www.livestocktrail.uiuc.edu/uploads/porknet/events/ASPTC%202009%20PROGRAM.pdf