A two-day conference on artificial insemination in pork production will be Thursday, Dec. 2 and Friday, Dec. 3 at the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca. The runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. Registration deadline is Nov. 18.

The course is designed for independent producers, unit managers and employees. Registration fee is $100 per person, with a deadline of Nov. 18. The registration fee includes learning materials, lunches, breaks, instructor fees and biosecurity clothing for hands-on training sessions.

Curriculum will include sow anatomy and physiology, heat detection, intrauterine insemination demonstration, sow nutrition (lactation length, wean to estrus interval, gilt development), semen handling, storage and extension. Class participants also are encouraged to take part in a reproduction problem-solving discussion.

Seminar instructors are: Mark Wilson, vice president of technology transfer for Minitube of America; Sam Baidoo, U of M educator with specializations in swine nutrition and management; and Roger Walker, U of M educator with specializations in swine breeding and genetics.

For more information and a registration form, contact Trudy Wastweet, Minnesota Pork Board educator director at (507) 345-8814; Baidoo at (507) 837-5626; or Mark Whitney, U of M Extension swine educator at (507) 839-5541.

Minnesota Pork Board