Registration is now open for the Carthage (IL) Veterinary Service Ltd 23rd Annual Swine Conference to be held on Aug. 27, 2013on the scenic campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

This conference is known for providing quick-fire sessions with cutting-edge information that pork producers can implement the day after the conference.

It is designed to provide speakers and focused breakout sessions on breed-to-wean, wean-to-market, CEO/management, and ventilation topics in order for attendees to hone in on their interests. A history of 500-plus attendees each year allows for networking with peers and allied industries, and  has made this meeting a must attend for those interested in the pork industry.

This year’s theme of “Sustainability” will offer more than 30 speakers who will present information about the social, environmental and economic issues that shape their businesses.

Speakers like Larry Coleman, DVM, Broken Bow, NE; Mark Greenwood, AgStar Financial Services, Mankato, MN; Jim Lowe, DVM, St. Albers, IL;  Larry Firkins, DVM, University of Illinois;  Ron Plain, University of Illinois; and Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy, North Mankato, MN, will present information about ventilation, disease, markets, and management of production, people and processes.

Speakers from Tyson Foods, Cargill, Agrosuper, and Commodity Ingredient Hedging will share their perspectives with attendees.

Joe Connor, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service Ltd., will also discuss the emerging disease porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.

Motivational speaker, mountain climber and veterinarian Lance Fox will anchor the program this year with the keynote address No Place but UP! Fox shares his experience during his climb of Mt. Everest in 2009 in order to share the importance of dreams, working hard, and staying focused on the goal ahead, all the while remaining positive even during the darkest of times.

You can find additional information and register for the conference at www.hogvet.com/conference or call the Carthage Veterinary Services Ltd. main office at (217) 357-2811.