A swine reproduction conference targeted for Spanish-speaking workers and their employers will be offered May 15 in Sycamore, Ill. The program, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, will be presented in both English and Spanish. Other sponsors include the Illinois Pork Producers Association and the National Pork Board, as well as many industry and Extension partners.

"We have had requests from swine producers to offer this program in Spanish because that is the first language of many of their employees," said Rob Knox, Extension swine reproduction specialist. "The program is open to all levels of experience and will include the foundations and the application of breeding principles and breeding herd management, as well as health."

The one-day program will feature a number of leading reproductive specialists from Purdue and Michigan State universities, a veterinary practitioner from Carthage Veterinary Services as well as swine Extension specialists from the University of Illinois.  Angela Demirjyn of the National Pork Board will serve as translator.

The event will be held in the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture building. Registrations received by May 2 are $45 per person. After that date, the fee is $50. To register, arrange space for an exhibit, or obtain further information, contact Lois Welch at (217) 333-2626, e-mail llwelch@uiuc.edu, or Knox at (217) 244-5177, e-mail rknox@uiuc.edu.

Source: University of Illinois