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Research Spotlight - Using computer vision to investigate tail biting in pigs

By Yuzhi Li, UMN Associate Professor, Swine Behavior and Welfare Understanding tail-biting behavior in swine herds involves both the tail biters (pigs that bite and cause tail damage to other pigs) and victimized pigs (pigs with tail damage caused by biting). A current research project here at the WCROC is utilizing a computerized livestock monitoring system to further analyze behavior with the hopes of identifying early tail biters as well as to understand why a pig becomes a tail biter. Continue reading.
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Attend the Allen D. Leman Conference

Join us for the 2022 Allen D. Leman Conference on September 17-20. Details are posted on the conference website . Five concurrent tracks are planned on the first day of the conference. Breakout session topics include fine-tuning Mycoplasma control and eradication, sow livability, chemical mitigation in feed, actionable monitoring of African Swine Fever, PRRS, post-weaning diarrhea, practical vaccinology, the emerging science of swine worker microbiome, and helping labor with innovation and community programs. Register on the conference website . The Leman Conference will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. See Location and Accommodations for lodging information. The Leman Conference is presented by College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Minnesota Extension.

Attend the 83rd Minnesota Nutrition Conference

Minnesota Nutrition Conference is scheduled for September 21 & 22 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center , 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, Minnesota.   The expanded general session will include talks from experts in sustainable agriculture. Other speakers will discuss the current opportunities for livestock nutrition companies including a description of carbon markets. Visit the conference website for the complete agenda and speaker information. Online pre-registration is $225. Deadline to register online is September 17, 2022. On-site registration is $275.

Create a culture of safety on your farm

By Emily Krekelberg, Extension farm safety and health educator Nonfatal injuries, including both lost-time and no lost-time accidents, occur to about a third of the farm population annually. It has been estimated that 80% of farm accidents result from carelessness or failure to deal with hazards safely. Many accidents are avoidable, and having a culture of safety can help you avoid them on your farm. Continue reading.

Tips for fall manure application

Fall manure application is quickly approaching. Chryseis Modderman, Extension manure management educator and Melissa Wilson, Extension manure management specialist provide some reminders on best practices for manure applications and avoiding nutrient loss. Read the blog post on the Minnesota Crop News blog.