PorkBridge and SowBridge program registration now open
Both PorkBridge and SowBridge distance educational programs are now open for registration.
- The programs are scheduled to begin in early February.
- Register by January 16, 2017 to ensure materials are received for the first session.
Both programs provide relevant and accurate information from a variety of university and industry experts. “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,” says University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educator, Sarah Schieck. “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."
Both programs combine electronic information viewed on a computer with live presentations delivered by teleconference from topic experts. Before each session, subscribers will receive an email message with links to download the materials for that session. Those who request it also receive the same materials via mailed CD.
About the programs
PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. Six sessions are offered on the first Thursday of every other month throughout the year. All sessions start at noon Central Time and last a maximum of 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $125 for the series, covering supporting materials and one phone line per session.
PorkBridge session dates, topics, speakers and their industry affiliation are as follows:
- February 2, 2017 – “VFD Compliance in Barn” by Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University
- April 6, 2017 – “Seneca Valley Virus – Early Recognition” by Laura Bruner, Swine Vet Center
- June 1, 2017 – “Responding to On-Farm Disasters” by Leon Sheets, Iowa pork producer
- August 3, 2017 – “On-Farm Research” by Christina Phillips, Smithfield
- October 5, 2017 – “Sites, Sounds, and Smells of Normal Finisher Barn” by Dale Ricker, The Ohio State University
- December 7, 2017 – “Recognizing Maintenance Needs” by Joseph Zulovich, University of Missouri
For additional registration information please review the 2017 PorkBridge Brochure. Registration is due January 16, 2017 to ensure materials are received for the first session.
SowBridge 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. Twelve monthly sessions take place throughout the year. 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 subscription from the same entity. Cost includes supporting materials and phone line access.
SowBridge session dates, topics, speakers and their industry affiliation are as follows:
- February 1, 2017 – “VFD Compliance in Barn” by Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University
- March 1, 2017 – “New Management Guides for Sow Gestation Housing” by Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota
- April 5, 2017 – “Identifying Scours” by Corrine Bromfield, University of Missouri
- May 3, 2017 – “Hidden Impact of Heat Stress on Pregnant Sows and Their Piglets” by Tim Safranski, University of Missouri
- May 31, 2017 – “Responding to On-Farm Disasters” by Leon Sheets, Iowa pork producer
- July 5, 2017 – “Managing Large Litters” by Todd Stumpf, DNA Genetics
- August 2, 2017 – “On-Farm Research” by Christina Philips, Smithfield
- September 6, 2017 – “Struggling to Get Back to Pre-PEDv Production” by Spencer Wayne, Pipestone Veterinary Services
- October 4, 2017 – “Importance of Colostrum” by Kara Stewart, Purdue University
- November 1, 2017 – “Decision Making for Fallback Pigs” by Brian Richert, Purdue University
- December 6, 2017 – “Sow Prolapses: How to Handle/Repair” by Todd Price, North Central Veterinary Services
- January 3, 2018 – “Vulva Size as Part of Replacement Gilt Criteria” by Jason Ross, Iowa State University
For additional registration information please review the 2017 SowBridge brochure. Registration is due January 16, 2017 to ensure materials are received for the first session.
PorkBridge and SowBridge are sponsored by a group of 11 university Extension programs 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.
Questions?Contact: Sarah Schieck, U of MN Swine Extension Educator
(320) 235-0726 x 2004