Enrollment is open for a five-session educational program on breeding and gestation management practices. The classes will take place March 19 and 26, April 2 and 9, and will conclude with a one-day, hands-on training session on April 14. The classes run from 12:30-4 p.m. and the hands-on segment will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The classroom sessions will take place at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton, and the hands-on portion will take place at a swine facility near Lamberton.

Swine operation owners and facility employees are encouraged to attend the classes. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all five sessions. Registration is limited to 20 persons. Swine operation employees and owners can call the MPPA office at 1-800-537-7675 to reserve a seat in the class or to request a registration form and detailed curriculum.

The registration fee is $200 per individual and includes materials, lunches, breaks, instructors' fees, and biosecurity clothing to wear when visiting the swine facilities. Registration deadline is March 12.

Pork checkoff dollars helped create the educational materials for the classes and to subsidize the program.

For more information on this educational program, contact Gene Tinker, U of M swine business management regional educator, (507) 837-5647.