The world’s first sow lameness symposium is scheduled for April 2-4, 2008 in Minneapolis. The symposium will feature an expert international panel of nutritionists, veterinarians, and animal scientists to share their knowledge with the swine industry. The event is organized by Zinpro Performance Minerals.
Dr. John Deen, University of Minnesota, says sow lameness is a significant problem. "We’ve recognized that this is a major and perhaps worsening issue and we hope the symposium will provide valuable discussion toward the ultimate goal of reducing lameness and improving sow herd health through better feet".
Areas to be discussed at the symposium include: lameness prevalence, lesion type and severity, risk factors, pathology, epidemiology, productivity, economic consequences and possible solutions. According to Dr. Terry Ward of Zinpro Corporation, there is much to learn about sow lameness and "we feel that this symposium will become a regular event as there are many important questions about sow lameness to which pork producers, their nutritionists and veterinarians want more answers".