The 19th Annual Swine Disease Conference for Swine Practitioners at Iowa State University will be held Nov. 10-11, 2011 at the Scheman Building in Ames, IA.

Morning sessions Nov. 10 deal with swine influenza, Brachyspira colitis, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), African swine fever, clostridium difficile and meeting consumer retail quality demands.

In the afternoon, discussions include use levels and potential problems with distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), and reports from a series of speakers on issues in research, observations from the diagnostic lab and practitioner perspectives on vitamin D.

Elimination strategies for Mycoplasma pneumonia in breeding herds closes out the day’s presentations. An interactive table topics forum will also be held.

Leading off the morning program on Nov. 11 will be a talk on the impact of porcine circovirus sow vaccination on production.

Other presentations cover euthanasia, Iowa’s PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) project, and an explanation of the cost of PRRS to the U.S. swine industry rounds out the morning program.

Two afternoon sessions look at the value of oral fluids in the diagnosis of swine diseases, followed by a talk on how to measure the importance of sow longevity, while a panel of speakers focus on identification and causes of lameness and a practitioner viewpoint on grow-finish lameness.

To register, go to or call (515) 294-6222.

The conference hotel is the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center in Ames, which is offering a rate of $84 plus tax if booked by Oct. 13, 2011. Reserve by calling (800) 367-2637 or (515) 292-8600 or go to (enter group code: SWINE11).