Artificial Insemination in Swine Production will be held March 31-April 1 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca, MN. Registration deadline is March 25 and workshop enrollment is limited.

Classroom instruction on March 31 runs from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the hands-on session in the swine research facilities will be from 8 a.m. to noon on April 1.

The workshop is designed for both those who have limited knowledge of breeding swine and experienced producers who want to review the basics and troubleshoot reproduction challenges.

Workshop topics include anatomy and physiology, heat detection and breeding, artificial insemination techniques, sow nutrition, semen and solving reproductive problems.

Course instructors include University of Minnesota faculty and swine industry experts. Cost of the program is $100/person. Added persons from the same farm or production system may register for $50 each. The enrollment fee covers learning materials, meals, breaks, instructor fees and biosecurity clothing for the hands-on training session.

For more information, contact Mark Whitney, Extension swine educator, University of Minnesota at (507) 389-5541 or e-mail or co-sponsor Minnesota Pork Board at (507) 345-8814 or e-mail