With the growing influx of Spanish-speaking workers on U.S. pork production operations, there is a continuing need for targeted education and instruction opportunities. Filling that bill is this year’s North Carolina State University Healthy Hogs Seminar.

Conducted for the past 10 years, this year’s event will mark the first time the seminar will be presented in Spanish only. “All presentations will be delivered by people whose first language is Spanish and who are well-recognized experts in their fields,” notes Morgan Morrow, North Carolina State Extension swine veterinarian. There will be no English program.

Topics for the program were developed through consultations with on-farm and industry personnel. “The program will focus on the entry-level Spanish-speaking worker,” says Morrow.

Attendees will leave the seminar understanding:

  • The use of all forms of drugs in all production stages; and the importance of following directions.
  • The reproduction cycle of sows, factors influencing the cycle and use of hormones.
  • The importance of following biosecurity details and why protocols are written the way they are.
  • How to work safely.
  • The importance of production targets and how they are calculated.
  • Opportunities in the pork industry for those prepared to seize the day.
  • How to feed your pigs.
  • Safeguarding the welfare of pigs in your care.
  • Management principles for breeding, farrowing, nursery and finisher.

The Healthy Hogs Seminar is set for Oct. 30, at the Sampson Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton, N.C. Also note the program’s unique start time—2:20 p.m.

The first 30 registrants will receive a free copy of the Spanish edition of the Swine AI Book (a $20-value). Registration is $35 per person for those registering before Oct. 25. After that date, registration is $50 per person.

For more information, contact Morrow at Morgan_Morrow@ncsu.edu