PorkBridge and SowBridge program
PorkBridge and SowBridge distance educational programs provide relevant and accurate information from a variety of university and industry experts.
Get the information you need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting. Producers and others in the industry can participate from home, in an office or in the swine unit.
Live presentations are delivered by teleconference from topic experts. All sessions are recorded and audio files are available for download from each session for later use. 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 11:30 a.m. 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. View a video of a previous PorkBridge session.
2018 PorkBridge sessions
- February 1, 2018 – “Common Swine Industry Audit Updates and Opportunities for Improvement” by Jamee Eggers, National Pork Board
- April 5, 2018 – “How Non-Antibiotic Farms are Successful” by Kyle Coble, New Fashion Pork
- May 31, 2018 – “Effective Disinfectant Rotations” by Dave Thompson, Michigan State University
- August 2, 2018 – “Factors Influencing Air Pollutant Levels in Swine Barns” by Pete Raynor, University of Minnesota, UMASH
- October 4, 2018 – “Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Diagnostics” by Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota
- December 6, 2018 – “Sorting Pigs in Wean-to-Finish Facilities to Maximize Output” by Mike Ellis, University of Illinois
Register today (PDF) for PorkBridge. Registration deadline is January 16, 2018.
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 on the first Wednesday of the month 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. View a video of a previous SowBridge session.
2018 SowBridge sessions
- February 7, 2018 – “Common Swine Industry Audit Updates and Opportunities for Improvement” by Jamee Eggers, National Pork Board
- March 7, 2018 – “Needlestick Prevention” by Jeff Bender, University of Minnesota, UMASH
- April 4, 2018 – “Managing Group Sow Gestation” by Tom Parsons, University of Pennsylvania
- May 2, 2018 – “Heat Mitigation for Sows” by Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota and Brian Richert, Purdue University
- May 30, 2018 – “On-farm Semen Evaluation and Storage” by Rob Knox, University of Illinois
- July 5, 2018 – “Intrauterine Insemination” by Kara Stewart, Purdue University
- August 1, 2018 – “Batch Farrowing: Do You Need to Consider?” by Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services
- September 5, 2018 – “Reducing Stillbirths and Early Neonatal Mortality” by Roy Kirkwood, University of Adelaide Australia
- October 3, 2018 – “Day 1 Piglet Care” by Kara Stewart, Purdue University
- November 7, 2018 – “Euthanasia on farms: A Practical Approach” by Madonna Benjamin, Michigan State University
- December 5, 2018 – “Biosecurity Practices: Before and After PED” by Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University
- January 9, 2019 – “Controlling Spread of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae” by Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota
Register today (PDF) for SowBridge. Registration deadline is January 16, 2018.
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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 M Swine Extension Educator
320-235-0726 x 2004