An Illinois Farrowing Conference will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the University of Illinois Extension Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The program features:

  • Duane Reese, swine extension specialist, University of Nebraska, will present information on lactation physiology and piglet nursing behavior, feeding the lactating sow, and fallout pig management.
  • Bill Hollis, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Services, will discuss the critical topics involving obstetrical intervention during farrowing, prevention and treatment of common diseases of sows and piglets in the farrowing house.
  • Gilbert Hollis, retired U of I Extension swine specialist, will discuss the best management procedures for processing baby pigs.
  • Larry Firkins, Extension swine veterinarian, will cover piglet mortality and how to minimize its occurrence, in addition to information on proper methods for euthanasia in pigs.
  • Rob Knox, U of I swine reproductive specialist, will discuss the physiology of farrowing and methods of farrowing induction in order to reduce stillbirths.

In addition, the program will offer a “guided tour” of the pregnant sow tract from conception until the time of pig delivery. This is a hands-on opportunity to view female reproductive anatomy & physiology during pregnancy and discuss the farrowing process with the speakers. This phase of the program is optional and will be held from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. 

The conference begins at 8:55 and adjourns at 3:15 p.m. University of Illinois Extension, University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Carthage Veterinary Services, and our commercial sponsors and exhibitors sponsor this program.

Registration fee is $25 if made by Dec. 1 and $35 for late and at the door registration. This fee includes lunch, proceedings and all program materials. To register for the program contact Patty Sarver at 217-333-2626 or or fax at 217-333-8286.

For additional information, copy of program or to register contact Knox at 217-244-5177 or or to apply for sponsorship or commercial exhibit space, contact Dave Seibert by phone at 309-694-7501, Ext 224 or by e-mail at

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