A free webcast titled “Bringing and Keeping Gilts in the Breeding Herd” will be presented by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Pork Board on Aug. 8 from 1 to 2 p.m. The webcast is part of a quarterly series entitled “PorkCast Online Seminars” that provides management level research-driven information to pork production managers and owners.

The Aug. 8 PorkCast program will provide strategies and information on how to develop and manage gilts to maximize lifetime reproductive performance and longevity. Don Levis, Extension swine specialist with the University of Nebraska and national sow management expert, will be presenting.  Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Gilt selection programs and criteria
  • Growth rate and body condition during development
  • Weight and age effects on attainment of puberty
  • Methods and importance of boar exposure
  • When to breed gilts
  • Dealing with post-weaning sows that don’t cycle

 PorkCast programs can be viewed from one’s computer, and pre-registration is not required.  Instructions and system requirements for joining the webcast are available at the University of Minnesota Swine Extension Web site at www.extension.umn.edu/swine. For more information, contact Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota swine Extension specialist, at (888) 241-3214 or e-mail whitn007@umn.edu.

Source: University of Minnesota