Artificial Insemination in Swine Production will be April 12-13 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, Minn. The classroom session will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and the hands-on session in the swine research facilities will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 13. Registration deadline is April 5. Workshop enrollment is limited.

To maximize student learning and understanding, the hands-on session incorporates numerous activities relating to classroom content. Artificial Insemination in Swine production will give participants a better understanding of the factors necessary to successfully breed females using artificial insemination techniques. The workshop is designed for both those who have limited knowledge of breeding swine, as well as experienced pork producers who wish to review the basics and troubleshoot reproduction challenges.

Workshop Topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: Hormonal patterns, ovulation and pregnancy regulation, gilt and sow re-productive tract characteristics
  • Heat Detection and Breeding: Insemination timing, improving estrus detection, breeding herd efficiency, fertility factors, number of services, catheters
  • AI Techniques: Demonstrate techniques and differences between various A.I. choices, factors involved with quality mating
  • Sow Nutrition: Feeding the sow for productivity and longevity, sow versus gilt nutrition, effect on puberty and litter performance, feeding to achieve desired body condition, use of fiber
  • Semen: Handling, storage, extension, shelf life
  • Reproductive Problem Solving: Open discussion of specific on-farm reproductive problems

Instructors & Cost:

  • Course instructors are U of M faculty and swine industry experts.
  • Cost of the program is $100 per person. Additional participants from the same production system or farm may register for $50 each.
  • Registration deadline is April 5, 2013.
  • The enrollment fee includes learning materials, meals, breaks, instructor fees, and biosecurity clothing for the hands-on training session.
  • Overnight lodging is the participant's responsibility.
    • Waseca lodging includes:
      • Crossings Inn & Suites 507) 835-0022 or (866) 936-STAY
      • Waseca American Motel (507) 835-4300 or (888) 676-9495

For more information on the workshop contact: Dr. Sam Baidoo University of Minnesota Swine Nutrition & Management Email: Phone: (507) 837-5626

Registration: Click for registration form

  • Make check payable to MPB Swine Training Program

Cost: $100 per person, $50 for additional participants from the same system or farm.