Location & Date

Holiday Inn Downtown Raleigh, NC

Thu. December 1, 2016
to Fri. December 2, 2016
8-5 pm

Contact & Other Information

Kristin Foran
e-Mail Event Organizer

Price: Regular event $175

  2016 Annual NSIF Meetings  
Hosted By: National Swine Improvement Federation

Welcome to the 2016 NSIF Annual Conference Registration!

We are excited to be having our meetings this year in a new location....Raleigh!  The planning committee has put together an outstanding conference for all!  Here is the agenda:

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Annual Conference and Symposium


Thursday, December 1


8:00 – 8:15      Welcome – Dr. Kent Gray, NSIF President


Session One: Consumer Perspective Pork Quality


8:15-9:00       Providing a more consistent pork eating experience through improved pork quality

Dr. Steve Larson

National Pork Board


9:00-9:45        Consumer’s expectation of pork quality

Brian Gripe



9:45-10:15      Break


10:15-11:00    Chevy, Lexus, Prius and Pork

Dr. Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges Consulting Services


11:00-11:45    Speaker Roundtable and Open Questions

                        Dr. Steve Larsen, Mr. Brian Gripe, Dr. Chris Hodges


12:00 – 1:30    Lunch and Awards Ceremony


Session Two: The Genetics of Behavior


1:30-2:15:       The Heritability of Aggression in Pigs and Implications for Welfare and Breeding

Dr. Simon Turner

Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, Scotland


2:15-3:00:       Relating Behavioral Phenotypes to Genotypes to Improve Genetic Selection in Pigs

Dr. Janice Siegford

Michigan State University


3:00-3:15        Break


3:15-4:00        Genetic background on mixing behavior

Ms. Kaitlin Wurtz

Michigan State University


4:00-4:30        Producer Perceptions and Use of Behavior

Dr. Sarah Ison

Michigan State University


4:30-5:00        Speaker Roundtable and Open Questions

Dr. Simon Turner, Dr. Janice Siegford, Ms. Kaitlin Wurtz, Dr. Sarah Ison


5:00 - ??          Social Hour with appetizers and drinks


Friday, December 2


8:00 – 8:15      “Ah Hah!” Moments from day 1


8:15 – 8:45      Graduate Student Award Recipient presentation


Session Three: Gut Microbiome - Pathway to Improved Pig Performance


8:45 – 9:30      From host to guest and back: re-defining growth efficiency accounting for the interaction between host genome and commensal gut bacteria

Dr. Christian Maltecca

North Carolina State University


9:30 – 10:15    Gene regulation of Gut Cytokines

Dr. Ryan Dilger

University of Illinois


10:15 – 10:30  Break


10:30 – 11:15  Research in the Gut Mircobiome

Dr. Rob Bergsma

Topigs Norsvin


11:15 – 11:45  Speaker Roundtable and Open Questions

                        Dr. Christian Maltecca, Dr. Ryan Dilger, Dr. Rob Bergsma


11:45               Closing Remarks/Adjourn – Dr. Kent Gray

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