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Research Project: Support of Lameness in Ruminants Conference 2022

Location: Infectious Bacterial Diseases Research

Project Number: 5030-32000-233-021-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Jul 1, 2022
End Date: Jan 1, 2023

The Lameness in Ruminants (LIR) Conference is held August 1-5th, 2022 in Bloomington Minnesota. The LIR Conference is unique in that it is not sponsored by any membership society and bridges multiple scientific disciplines. LIR Conference has become a key international meeting for all people involved in lameness of production animals including researchers, veterinarians, extension specialists, hoof-trimmers, industry consultants, and farm personnel. This conference is the only meeting where this diverse group gathers for the sole purpose of discussing the causes of, and mitigation of lameness in dairy and beef cattle, and small ruminants. The specific objectives include creating sessions of academic rigor for intellectual knowledge exchange, fostering collaboration on various aspects that contribute to lameness in ruminants, including usage of data in lameness management, challenges in beef cattle or heifer production, prevention and communication, wound healing, and hoof trimming techniques. The LIR Conference objectives also include creating producer-centric sessions, discussing practical perspectives in an interactive panel format. In addition to relaying current research and best practices to researchers and producers, continuing education credits will be available for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other livestock professionals.

The Lameness in Ruminants Conference 2022 Organizational Committee was selected by peer nomination and volunteers in attendance at the Munich 2017 Conference. A collective decision was made by the incipient committee to showcase the upper-Midwest and indoor housing diary systems, thus individuals in the region were asked representing a variety of organizations to ensure that many different perspectives were going to be presented in the conference. To maintain a neutral appearance, it was necessary to hire an outside organization to provide administrative support for the meeting by maintaining website, accepting registrations, abstracts, speaker contracts, etc. The scientific review committee was 25 individuals selected from previous conference presenters, contacts, and collaborators of the organizational committee. These individuals are regarded as experts in a particular area in the categories that abstracts will be submitted in, including data usage, treatments, beef cattle, and trimming techniques. As the conference is international in scope, we selected scientific review committee with the same international focus. 64 abstracts were submitted, 62 were accepted, 24 will be presented as short oral presentations and 35 as poster presentations. Special selection was made to feature student/post-doctoral trainee submitted abstracts in each topic.