The 2003 Illinois Swine Health and Management Conference is slated for Dec. 3 at the University of Illinois Extension Building on the state fairgrounds in Springfield. Headlining the program will be Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University, who will address price and marketing strategies for 2004.

Tom Gillespie, DVM, owner of the Rensselaer (IN) Swine Service, will discuss practical approaches to dealing with ileitis and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).

Larry Firkins, swine Extension veterinarian and assistant professor, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak on bioterrorism preparedness.

Robert Knox, assistant professor and swine reproductive Extension specialist at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, will discuss artificial insemination breeding skills.

Jim Lowe, veterinarian at Carthage (IL) Veterinary Services Ltd., will talk on strategies to manage swine influenza virus.

Jeff Okones, swine field services veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., will assess PRRS risks.

Registration fee is $25 before Nov. 19 and $35 after Nov. 19. Online registration will be available in October at

For program information, contact Firkins by phone, 217-333-2907; fax, 217-333-4628 or e-mail,