The 7th International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation focused on trade and reproduction, with guest speaker Gary Althouse, DVM, Ph.D. presenting "Infectious diseases and AI: Protection strategies for worldwide semen trade."

The professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Studies at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center offered a global perspective of those infectious diseases which can be transmitted through boar semen, and could interrupt the global trade of genetic material. Artificial insemination is widely used to assist in swine reproduction. Diligent management is important in the minimization of shipped boar semen playing a role in the transmission of infectious disease.


The conference offered participants the opportunity to exchange the latest information influencing the productivity and fertility of the working boar. About 260 scientists and practitioners from around the world participated in the event.