Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, will present a Webinar on reducing piglet mortality in an open pen group-farrowing system  March 12th,  12:30 - 1:30 pm Central.

To be sustainable, alternative swine production systems need to be efficient and profitable. Alternative housing systems emphasize enhancing animal welfare by providing a large area and bedding to swine. In open pen group farrowing systems, piglet mortality is as high as 20-30%, diminishing the margin of profit and causing welfare concerns about crushed piglets.

Through evaluating effects of sow parity, litter size, and birth weight of piglets on piglet survival, Li will discuss management strategies to reduce piglet mortality.

To view the Webinar, go to www.extension.umn.edu/swine/porkcast and click on the link to this program, which will be listed under the "Next PorkCast Program" section.

Participants will be asked to submit a name to enter as a guest, and then will be connected to the program.