People who work with boars or collect and process semen for artificial insemination can take part in a two-day conference in St. Louis this summer. 

The second Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference will be Aug. 4-5, says Tim Safranski, University of Missouri Extension swine specialist.

Participants will learn of factors leading to sperm abnormalities. The conference also will cover hygiene, housing, feeding, cooling, storage and data collection. Attendees also can compare procedures among studs, says Safranski.

Ten nationally and internationally recognized speakers will cover topics. Serving on the planning committee are Safranski; Rob Knox, University of Illinois; Don Levis, the Ohio State University; and Wayne Singleton, Purdue University.

Financial support from seven exhibitors allows the program to be offered for only $150 if paid by July 19; or $250 thereafter. The fee covers lunches, proceedings and tickets to a St Louis Cardinals baseball game, Aug. 4. 

The conference will be at the Holiday Inn at Westport, just 12 minutes from Lambert St. Louis airport.

You can check out the program details on the Internet by typing in "boar stud managers conference" on a search engine. The complete URL is:

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