Pork producers can attend one of two workshops focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics. Both are scheduled for early June in northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska.

Iowa State University Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center and the Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring the seminars in LeMars, Iowa, and Norfolk, Neb., in cooperation with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

The Nebraska seminar will be held on June 23, at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk. The Iowa session is set for June 24 at the Plymouth County Extension Office in LeMars. Registration at both sites begins at 9:30 a.m. with the first session starting at 10 a.m. The final breakout session will end about 3:30 p.m., say organizers.

According to University of Nebraska Extension Swine Specialist Duane Reese, the seminars are designed for those who own, manage or work with breeding herd operations.

"You'll learn about current topics and techniques in reproduction management from the best people in the business," Reese says. "The afternoon breakout sessions allow time to ask specific questions of the presenters."

In addition to Reese, seminar presenters are Dave Stender, Iowa State Extension swine program specialist; Rob Knox, University of Illinois swine reproduction specialist; Rodney “Butch” Baker, DVM, from Iowa State’s veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine department; John Mabry, Iowa State swine geneticist and IPIC director; and Todd Stumpf of Danbred.

Topics range from disease cleanup strategies to gilt development case studies to quality mating overview and new technology options. Some sessions will feature demonstrations of financial modeling spreadsheets, individual and group tracking software and a new diet formulation and evaluation program.

Cost is $35 per person which includes a pork lunch and other refreshments. A multiple-attendee discount is available, and people should contact Stender to discuss that option. Preregistration is strongly encouraged to assure an accurate meal count. To register for either session, call Stender at (712) 225-6196, fax (712) 225-3173 or e-mail dstender@iastate.edu.

Source: Iowa State University