Registrations are now being taken for the SowBridge Breeding Herd Education Series. The program will begin November 5th. 

The distance learning program is designed for owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters.  Several university Extension programs have developed and are providing this program.  Each month a new program is presented, lasting approximately 45 minutes. 

Presentations are mailed on a CD to participants one week prior to the program.  Participants follow along with the presentations on their computer while listening to the presenter via a toll-free telephone line.  Many breeding/gestation units have multiple employees view and listen over their noon break, utilizing a speaker phone. 
“The SowBridge program provides valuable information on the daily care and management of the sow herd from breeding through lactation, as well as piglet care” states, Mark Whitney, swine Extension specialist with the University of Minnesota.  “We have brought together national industry experts to discuss options for key issues affecting this segment of the pork industry”

The program topics and speakers are:

Nov 5, 2008 Composting Mortalities   Dr. Bob Thaler, South Dakota State Univ.
Dec 3, 2008 Proper Euthanasia of Sows and Piglets Dr. John Deen, Univ. of Minnesota
Jan 7, 2009 Breeding Management in Pens and Stalls Bob Ivey, Maxwell Foods
Feb 4, 2009 Crossfostering and Bump Weaning  Dr. Barb Straw, Michigan State Univ.
Mar 4, 2009 Optimizing Sow Performance with Rescue Decks Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Co., Inc.
Apr 1, 2009 Creep Feeding    Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State Univ.
May 6, 2009 Reproductive Manipulation using PG600 Dr. Rob Knox, Univ. of Illinois
June 10, 2009 Reproductive Manipulation using Matrix Dr. Ron Bates, Michigan State Univ.
July 1, 2009 On-Farm Semen Evaluation  Dr. Wayne Singleton, Purdue Univ.
Aug 5, 2009 Induction of Farrowing   Dr. Tim Safranski, Univ. of Missouri
Sep 2, 2009 Sow Watch and Piglet Care the First 24 Hours Matt Davis, Hord Livestock
Oct 7, 2009 Effective Pest and Rodent Control  Dr. Ralph Williams, Purdue Univ.

Registration and program information are available at  The cost for all 12 sessions is $250. Cost is per phone line and with a speaker phone, several workers can participate at one location. In order to receive materials in time for the first program, registrations must be received by October 20th.  Phone registrations also can be completed by calling Sherry Hoyer at (515) 294-4496.