Those involved in the daily care of growing/finishing pigs should consider enrolling in the 2010-2011 PorkBridge program. This includes independent and contract growers, employees, owners, and technical service providers.
 
Participants will have access to university and industry professionals with a variety of expertise. You can share in their insights, and ask questions of them and other producers throughout the year-long series. You’ll be able to take part in this educational opportunity without having to worry about time off from work, travel distance or inclement weather.
 
The sessions take just one hour, plus question and discussion time, every two months. You can spend the session time wherever it best suits your schedule: at your home, office or swine unit. Cost is only $125 for all six presentations, but you need to register by May 25. All you need is a phone line and a computer that reads CDs. This year’s program includes:
 
June 10, 2010
“Mycotoxins – What We’ve Learned and What You Need to Know”
Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University
 
Aug. 5, 2010
“Current Understanding on Pit Foaming, Barn Explosions, and Safety Precautions”
Larry Jacobson and David Schmidt, University of Minnesota
 
Oct. 7, 2010
“Preparing Your Ventilation and Heating Systems for Winter’s Challenges”
Mike Brumm- Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc.
 
Dec. 9, 2010
“Going Hot-Shot Free: Tips to Improve Hog Handling”
Alan Evers, Cooper Farms;  Matt Ritter, Elanco Animal Health
 
Feb. 3, 2011
“Euthanasia Techniques, Tools and Protocols”
Michelle Sprague, AMVC Management Services
 
April 7, 2011
“National Update on the Livestock Antibiotic Use Issue”
Jennifer Greiner, National Pork Producers Council
 
See registration information.