Swine industry and university experts from around the globe presented the most recent advancements in sow lameness causes, implications and prevention in Minneapolis last week during the Sow Lameness Symposium II hosted by Zinpro Corp. and the Feet First team.

This three-day event featured discussions on leading swine industry topics covering lameness prevalence, risk factors, anatomy and pathology, sow fertility and longevity, economics and possible solutions. More than 125 swine industry experts attended the meeting, which followed a successful event in 2008 – the world’s first sow lameness symposium.

“Lameness is a critical animal welfare issue with significant economic implications for sow herds around the world,” says Terry Ward, Zinpro’s director of research and nutritional services. “This symposium is designed to bring together international experts and industry representatives to share information and advance our collective understanding of this important topic.”

The symposium kicked off on Aug. 31 with a keynote address by Roger Campbell, chief executive officer of the Pork Cooperative Research Centre in Australia. A full day was spent at the University of Minnesota, which included hands-on clinics to review lesion pathology, reproduction, economics/Feet First calculator and osteochondrosis. In addition, a series of presentations and discussions were held, including:

  • Swine Lameness – Past, Present and Future, by John Deen, DVM, University of Minnesota
  • Selection of Gilts – Biomechanics, by Ken Stalder, Iowa State University
  • The Pathogenesis of Osteochondrosis, by Cathy Carlson, University of Minnesota
  • Lameness, Pain and Behavior, by Anna Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Sow Claw Lesion Pathology, by Jerry Torrison, DVM, University of Minnesota
  • Pen Gestation (Loose Housing Systems): Lessons from Europe, by Christof Rapp, Zinpro Animal Nutrition (Europe)
  • Practical Understanding of Claw Lesions and How They Impact Lameness, by Sarel van Amstel, University of Tennessee
  • Effects of Lameness on Sow Reproduction: Nutritional Implications, by Mark Wilson, Zinpro Corp.
  • Producer Perspectives On How They Manage Lameness In Their Herds, featuring an international panel of producers (United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Mineral Supplementation in Modern Pork Production Systems For Optimum Health and Efficiency – The Need For Renewed Focus, by Rob van Barneveld, Barneveld Nutrition Pty, LTD.
  • ·A Passion for Solutions: Products, Lameness Assessment Tools and Education from Zinpro, by Terry Ward, Zinpro Corp.

 Source: Zinpro