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Register now for PorkBridge and SowBridge programs

Source: Sarah Schieck, Swine Extension Educator, U of MN Extension Regional Center, Willmar — (320) 235-0726 Ext. 2004, schi0466@umn.edu.

Registration for both PorkBridge and SowBridge distance education programs is now open. PorkBridge begins its twelfth year and is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. SowBridge begins its tenth year and is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers. Both programs begin in early February 2018.

University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educator, Sarah Schieck said the programs offer accurate and timely information on a variety of topics through a regular schedule.

“Producers and others in the industry can get the information they need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting,” Schieck said. “Participants in the PorkBridge and SowBridge programs can take part where it works best for them whether at home, in an office or in the swine unit. And whether or not they can participate in the live session, all sessions are recorded and audio files are available for download from each session for later use.”

People can view a PorkBridge and SowBridge session from 2017 at https://z.umn.edu/PB-sample and  https://z.umn.edu/SB-sample respectively.

PorkBridge program includes six sessions offered on the first Thursday of every other month starting in
February 2018. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and will last a maximum of 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $125 for the series.

PorkBridge 2018 session dates, topics, speakers and their industry affiliation are as follows:

  • February 1 – “Common Swine Industry Audit Updates and Opportunities for Improvement” by Jamee Eggers, National Pork Board
  • April 5 – “How Non-Antibiotic Farms are Successful” by Kyle Coble, New Fashion Pork
  • May 31 – “Effective Disinfectant Rotations” by Dave Thompson, Michigan State University
  • August 2 – “Factors Influencing Air Pollutant Levels in Swine Barns” by Pete Raynor, University of Minnesota, UMASH
  • October 4 – “Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Diagnostics” by Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota
  • December 6 – “Sorting Pigs in Wean-to- Finish Facilities to Maximize Output” by Mike Ellis, University of Illinois

SowBridge program includes twelve monthly sessions throughout the year generally scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and last no longer than 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $250 for the first registration from an entity and $125 for each subsequent registration from the same entity.

SowBridge 2018 session dates, topics, speakers and their industry affiliation are as follows:

  • February 7 – “Common Swine Industry Audit Updates and Opportunities for Improvement” by Jamee Eggers, National Pork Board
  • March 7 – “Needlestick Prevention” by Jeff Bender, University of Minnesota, UMASH
  • April 4– “Managing Group Sow Gestation” by Tom Parsons, University of Pennsylvania
  • May 2 – “Heat Mitigation for Sows” by Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota & Brian Richert, Purdue University
  • May 30 – “On-farm Semen Evaluation & Storage” by Rob Knox, University of Illinois
  • July 5 – “Intrauterine Insemination” by Kara Stewart, Purdue University
  • August 1 – “Batch Farrowing: Do You Need to Consider?” by Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services
  • September 5 – “Reducing Stillbirths & Early Neonatal Mortality” by Roy Kirkwood, University of Adelaide-Australia
  • October 3 – “Day 1 Piglet Care” by Dale Hentges, The Maschhoffs
  • November 7 – “ Euthanasia on Farms: A Practical Approach” by Madonna Benjamin, Michigan State University
  • December 5 – “Biosecurity Practices: Before & After PEDv” by Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University
  • January 9, 2019 – “Controlling Spread of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae” by Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota

Registration for both programs are due January 16, 2018 to ensure materials are received for the first session. Registration materials can be found on the UMN Swine Extension website at: https://z.umn.edu/PorkBridge-SowBridge.

Before each session, subscribers will receive an email message with links to downloadable materials for that session. Those who request it also receive the same materials via mailed CD. During scheduled time, participants call-in to listen to and interact with the presenter.

PorkBridge and SowBridge are sponsored by a group of 11 universities with Sarah Schieck and Lee Johnston of the University of Minnesota Extension serving as program coordinators. Iowa Pork Industry Center coordinates all registration and subscriber mailings.

Contacts

Sarah Schieck
Extension Educator, Livestock - Swine
(320) 235-0726
schi0466@umn.edu
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