Two seminars will offer ideas and guidance on managing the sow herd. Specifically, an Advanced Swine Reproduction Seminar will help pork producers review and revise their management strategies when it comes to preparing the sow and farrowing space, knowing when/how to assist farrowing sows, managing sows to maximize feed intake and more.

Sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa State Extension and the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), will take place on June 12 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, Neb., and June 13 at the Extension Office in LeMars, Iowa.

Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and the seminar will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

During the morning discussion, pork producers should come ready to share their farrowing tips, said Duane Reese, University of Nebraska Extension swine specialist.

"We hope newer employees can gain a lot of information from more experienced farrowing managers sharing their insights," he said. The morning session will be led by Reese, Tim Safranski, swine specialist, University of Missouri, and Dave Stender, Iowa State swine field specialist.

In the afternoon, Safranski will lead a session involving consistent and reliable management practices that lead to superior reproductive performance. He also will talk on industry trends.

Stender will give updates on current welfare issues for a crate-to-pen gestation-sow transition and on managing gilt development programs. Reese will close the seminar with updates on swine nutrition.

Registration is $30 per person which includes a pork loin lunch. To register or for more information, call Stender at 712-225-6196 or e-mail