Many of the employees entering pork production today have no animal husbandry experience. There are few opportunities for new staff members to learn on their own, in their own way, on their own time. Learning visually from a computer or TV monitor is becoming more commonplace in learning institutions, so pork producers Don and Nancy Lidster made their own training videos.

The Lidsters objective was to produce 45, five-minute training videos to supplement on-farm training and to provide the pork industry with video footage to develop individual training packages.

Farms were sought out and topics of interest were solicited. Video and audio footage of a technician performing skills was taped and rough footage was edited at the Lidster’s DNL Farms. They added graphics, diagrams and descriptive notes. The finished video was compressed into a Windows Media Player file, which was then burned onto a CD.

For more information on the training videos call (306) 276-5761, go to or e-mail