The 46th annual George A. Young Swine Health and Management Conference is slated for Aug. 11 at the Marina Inn, South Sioux City, NE.

Talks focus on understanding and managing the PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) virus including:

  • A review of the science behind PRRS virus transmission and biosecurity by Scott Dee, DVM, University of Minnesota;

  • A discussion of depopulation and rollover techniques for PRRS eradication by Locke Karriker, DVM, Iowa State University;

  • A research update on using reverse genetics to improve knowledge of the PRRS virus makeup and its ability to cause disease by Fernando Osorio, University of Nebraska;

  • An update of industry efforts to fund PRRS educational research by Eric Neumann, DVM, National Pork Board;

  • A discussion of research results of pigs infected with PRRS virus and the impact of genetic variation on expression of the disease by Rodger Johnson, University of Nebraska;
  • A presentation of an overview of personal experiences with PRRS biosecurity, monitoring and surveillance by Joel Nerem, DVM, Christensen Farms, Sleepy Eye, MN, and

  • An assessment of methods and applications for PRRS risk in production sites by Dale Polson, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.,



For registration information, contact Sharon Clowser, conference coordinator, University of Nebraska, by phone (402) 472-8550, fax (402) 472-3094 or e-mail sclowser2@unl.edu. To reserve a room, contact the Marina Inn at (402) 494-4000 or toll-free (800) 798-7980.