A year-long educational program called SowBridge is designed for those who manage or care for boars, sows and/or their litters.
SowBridge, sponsored by Extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, The Ohio State University and South Dakota State University, offers timely, relevant and convenient learning, says Don Levis, UNL swine specialist and Nebraska host of the educational series.
"Employees, technicians, managers, owners and technical service providers can all learn to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets," he says. "If you work in or with breeding and gestation units, gilt development systems or farrowing barns, this program is for you."
Participants will be connected with industry experts where they can ask questions from their own homes, offices or swine units. Participation involves just 45 minutes every month.
"With the education and information needs of the pork industry continuously changing, this specific and current information is needed," Levis says.
Programs are delivered at 11:30 a.m. (CT). Session dates are Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3. Sessions will be led by university and industry experts. There is no limit on the number that can be enrolled, but registrations for SowBridge are due Sept. 24.
Session costs of $250 include all 12 sessions and supporting materials.
One week prior to each session, participants will receive in the mail a CD that contains all the session materials, including spreadsheets, video clips and publications. On the day of the session, participants just need to call a toll-free number. The only requirement is that participants be able to listen on the telephone while viewing the CD.
To register for SowBridge, contact Sherry Hoyer at the Iowa Pork Industry Center at 109 Kildee, ISU, Ames, IA 50011-3150, call (515) 294-4496, fax (515) 294-5698.
For more information, contact Levis at (402) 584-3816.