PorkBridge, an educational series to help pork producers and others in the industry gain knowledge in grow-finish pork production, will start its 2007-2008 season Dec. 6.
PorkBridge allows pork production owners, managers and employees to increase knowledge and skills in grow-finish production without having to leave their home or the farm, said Duane Reese, University of Nebraska-Lincoln swine specialist. The program combines electronic information viewed on a computer with live oral presentations via phone by experts in topic areas.
The week before each session, subscribers receive a CD containing that session's topic-specific presentation, along with information on accessing the live speaker presentation. Subscribers call a toll-free conference line to listen to speakers and may ask questions anytime during or after the presentation.
Each session is 1.5 hours in length, beginning either at noon or 7 p.m. Central Time. In addition, a group discussion e-mail list is available for individuals to post questions between sessions.
Cost for participating in this subscription-only series is $125, which covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions. Multiple individuals can participate at a site, thereby reducing cost per person.
Registration deadline is Nov. 23. Register early to ensure desired time slot.
Sessions for the upcoming year are:
Dec. 6, "Swine Manure Application and Crop Responses," Glen Arnold, Ohio State University.
Feb. 7, "Porcine Circovirus - What Do We Know and What Can We Do?" Butch Baker, Iowa State University.
April 3, "Pork Quality - What Producers Should Know," Steve Moeller, Ohio State University.
May 29, "Use of Large Group Pens and Auto-Sort Technology," Lee Whittington, Prairie Swine Centre.
Aug. 7, "Properly Walking Pens," Jeff Feder, Swine Vet Center.
Oct. 2, "Ventilation Basics, Adjustments, and Maintenance," Stephen Pohl, South Dakota State University.
Mark Whitney of the University of Minnesota is the series leader and will be the moderator for all sessions. The PorkBridge program is sponsored by Extension at UNL, University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, Iowa State University and The Ohio State University.
Those interested in registering or learning more about the program can access material at the University of Minnesota Extension Web site at www.extension.umn.edu/swine or contact Mark Whitney at (507) 389-5541 or [email protected].