The NSIF held their annual meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina Thursday and Friday of last week. The Federation has an annual two-day conference that attracts leading swine breeders, industry and university geneticists, and prominent international figures in swine breeding. Papers presented during these conferences address both theory and practice of swine improvement. Workshops, panel discussions and concurrent sessions are used to maximize the information transfer and general value for everyone attending the conference. A special symposium, called "breeders roundtable" is also held the first day of the conference.
Jenelle Dunkelberger received the NSIF Lauren Christian Graduate Student Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize a graduate student conducting research in the area of swine genetics, meats, nutrition or other disciplines that may have a swine genetic component. To encourage and reward the recipient for commitment to sound genetic principles and for the discovery of new concepts concerning genetic improvement.
Dr. Tom Baas received the NSIF Distinguished Service award: PURPOSE: To recognize individuals for their record of distinguished service to the pork industry through involvement in creating, implementing, supervising and/or participating in genetic improvement programs.