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 http://www.mnpork.com/producer/STP/regformstp.php.

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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