The Alternative Farrowing Management Course is a two-day, intensive program designed to increase knowledge of pre- and post-farrowing, and piglet care from birth to weaning, in an alternative production system.

The program runs March 6-7, 2008 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN. Registration deadline is Feb. 27. Enrollment is limited. To register, go to

Classroom instruction will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first day, and hands-on instruction in the swine research facilities will be from 8 a.m. to noon on the second day.

The first registration from a farm costs $100; additional participants may register for $50 each.

Individuals wishing to participate in multiple courses should call the Minnesota Pork Board (507-345-8814) for a reduced fee schedule.

The fee includes learning materials, lunches, breaks, instructor fees and biosecurity clothing for hands-on training sessions.

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