The use of air filtration systems in swine production facilities for disease control will be the subject of a Dec. 8 PorkCast webinar. The live webinar is from 1-2 p.m. central standard time.

Air filtration systems, in combination with other common biosecurity practices, have been shown to be a highly effective deterrent to aerosol transmission of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and Mycoplasmal pneumonia.

Hog building air filtration expert Darwin Reicks, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN, will lead the PorkCast presentation. Reicks will discuss how air filtration systems work to prevent disease, costs associated with air filtration systems and system maintenance and upkeep practices.

PorkCast webinars are provided free of charge by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Pork Board. To participate in the Dec. 8 PorkCast,, go to www.extension.umn.edu/swine/porkcast and click on the air filtration systems program button.

Participants are advised to link to the program prior to its start to ensure there are no connection problems and to answer a few demographic questions.

During the webinar, online participants will be able to ask questions of the presenter during the live program. The webinar will also be available for viewing at the PorkCast Web site a few days following the live program.

For more information, contact Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Extension educator at whitn007@umn.edu or (507) 389-5541.

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