Allen D. Leman Swine Conference

Swine - group of pigs eating
  • Dates: September 14–17, 2019
  • Cost: $350 through August 14 | $490 starting August 15 
  • Graduate Students: $190 through August 14 | $240 starting August 15
  • Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre
  • Registration: Open Now!
  • Credits: One veterinary continuing education hour is awarded for each 50 minutes of attendance at a course, seminar, or lecture
  • Conference Format: Saturday and Sunday will feature preconference workshops; Monday and Tuesday will begin with keynote addresses followed by breakout sessions
  • Join us on Twitter: #lemanswine


The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is an annual educational event for the global swine industry. It is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from over 20 countries, including swine veterinarians and other professionals working in swine production and animal health management, attend the Leman Swine Conference.

Future Conference Dates

September 19−22, 2020

Institutional Partners

Keynote Presentations

Monday, Sept. 16, 8:00 a.m.

Terry Coffey

Using Internal Research and Innovation to Enhance Value Across the Smithfield Pork Chain

Terry Coffey

Terry is the chief science and technology officer for Smithfield Hog Production Division, and he's responsible for the company’s nutrition programs, veterinary diagnostic and vaccine laboratories, and research and development, as well as Smithfield Premium Genetics. He joined the organization in 1991 and has served in various capacities. Prior to that, he served on the faculties of North Carolina State University and the University of Florida. Terry received a PhD in animal science and nutrition from the University of Georgia in 1981.

Monday, Sept. 16, 9:00 a.m.

Connie Gebhart

Cracking the Streptococcus Suis Code

Connie Gebhart

Connie is professor of Microbiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where she obtained both master’s and PhD degrees. She currently holds a joint appointment with the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Connie has published over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has coauthored eight chapters in books such as Diseases of Swine, Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, and Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections in Animals. Her research focuses mainly on challenging bacteria such as Lawsonia species, Campylobacter species, Brachyspira species and, more recently, Streptococcus suis.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8:00 a.m.

Christine McCracken

Animal Protein Markets and the Impact of African Swine Fever

Christine McCracken

Christine joined Rabobank following an 18-year career as a sell-side food and agribusiness analyst. Prior to Rabobank, she was a founding partner at Cleveland Research, a Cleveland-based equity research firm. Earlier in her career, the native Minnesotan held similar positions at several institutions including FTN Midwest Research, Vector Securities, and BioScience Securities. She had previously been named ‘Best on the Street Food Analyst’ by the Wall Street Journal and the top food analyst by Forbes.

Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in agricultural and natural resource economics from the University of California at Davis.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 9:00 a.m.

Mike Ellis

Managing Piglet Preweaning Mortality: Issues and Opportunities

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis is professor of swine production management at the University of Illinois. He obtained a BS in agriculture and PhD in applied swine genetics from the Department of Agriculture at the University Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where, from 1978, he held the position of lecturer in pig production. Dr. Ellis’s research interests span a range of areas related to applied swine production, with particular focus on managing growth of pigs in wean-to-finish facilities, animal handling and transportation, preweaning mortality, and pork quality. He has advised over 60 students for MS and PhD degrees, published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 260 abstracts, and in excess of 300 occasional publications and reports, and given presentations at over 200 scientific and producer meetings worldwide.


Use the online registration option to register an individual or multiple people and to pay with a credit card.  

Use the paper registration form to register someone other than yourself, or to have a registration billed to your organization. You may email, fax, or mail a completed form to the registration office (For security reasons, do not email forms with credit card information). You will receive a confirmation and receipt email from

Main Conference: Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17

Main Conference registration includes:

  • Main conference presentations and break-out sessions
  • Sunday evening Boehringer Ingelheim Opening Reception and Poster Session
  • Continental breakfast on both days and lunch on Monday
  • Monday evening Zoetis Reception honoring the Science in Practice Award recipient Nathan Winkelman
  • Tuesday Lunch Presentation: Promoting Pork


If you need to cancel your registration 15 days before the conference start date, a refund, minus $30, will be issued. Cancellations after August 30 will not be eligible for a refund. Please email if you need to cancel your registration.

Location, Accommodations, and Getting Here


The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference and preconference sessions will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Sunday evening Opening Reception and Poster Session are held at InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront. The Science in Practice reception on Monday evening will be located at the Science Museum of Minnesota. All events are within walking distance of each other.

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Accommodations (Two Options)

1. Holiday Inn Saint Paul Downtown 
175 W 7th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota
$153/night plus tax (limited availability)—Room block ends Monday, August 12, 2019

Or call 651-225-1515 to reserve a room at the Holiday Inn, and be sure to ask for the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference group rate. 

2. InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront (Conference Headquarters )
11 E Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota
$179/night plus tax (limited availability)—Room block ends Monday, August 19, 2019

Or call 651-292-1900 or 866-686-2867 to reserve a room at the InterContinental and be sure to ask for the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference group rate. NOTE: All multiple room reservations will be charged a one-night nonrefundable deposit.

Getting Here

In addition to taxis and car service, here are some other transportation options:


Metro Transit also provides bus service to many areas throughout the Twin Cities. For information on schedules, maps, and fares, please visit the Metro Transit website. Visit Metro Transit Trip Planner to plan your route.


SuperShuttle offers convenient shuttle service to area locations. Visit the SuperShuttle website to reserve your transportation.

Biosecurity Considerations

Biosecurity is everyone's responsibility

As you finalize your travel arrangements to come to the Leman Conference, if you originate or have visited any country in the last 7 days with cases of African swine fever (ASF), Classical swine fever (CSF) or Food and mouth disease (FMD), we recommend you follow these recommendations:

  • Restrict farm visits and work with your host to determine if or when is the best time to visit a farm. We recommend a 7 day no farm or market contact period. 
  • Do not wear or bring clothes that have been used on farms.
  • Do not bring food products from any of those countries.

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and protecting the National Swine Herd is a priority for all of us.

Allen D. Leman

In 1974 Dr. Allen D. Leman, a new University of Minnesota Extension veterinarian, and Dr. Jim Hanson, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s continuing education program, initiated this conference to present new information and discuss issues important to the swine industry. Al understood how a university could influence practitioners and empower them to be leaders for the swine industry.

This conference for Minnesota practitioners began in a small lecture hall on the Saint Paul Campus and has evolved into the multisession, international meeting it is today.

Throughout his career, Al worked to define the link between swine disease and swine production. His unwavering dedication to the education of practicing veterinarians was manifested, at least in part, through his leadership of this conference.

Al left the University of Minnesota in 1986. After his death in 1992, the conference was renamed in his honor. The swine faculty continues to provide the leadership in developing this program and remains committed to Al’s vision of excellence.