Pork producers, contract growers, owners and technical service providers involved in the daily care of grow-finish pigs should consider enrolling in the 2010-2011 PorkBridge program, according to Mark Whitney, program coordinator, University of Minnesota.

The year-long series provides access to university and industry professionals with a variety of expertise, all in the comfort of your own home or office.

The sessions last just one hour, plus question and discussion time, every two months. Cost is $125 for all six presentations, but registration must be completed by May 25. Requirements are a phone line and a computer that reads CDs.
This year’s program includes:

  • June 10, 2010: “Mycotoxins – What We’ve Learned and What You Need to Know,” Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University.
  • Aug. 5, 2010: “Current Understanding on Pit Foaming, Barn Explosions and Safety Precautions,” Larry Jacobson and David Schmidt, University of Minnesota.
  • Oct. 7, 2010: “Preparing Your Ventilation and Heating Systems for Winter’s Challenges,” Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc.
  • Dec. 9, 2010: “Going Hot-Shot Free: Tips to Improve Hog Handling,” Alan Evers, Cooper Farms; Matt Ritter, Elanco Animal Health.
  • Feb. 3, 2011: “Euthanasia Techniques, Tools and Protocols,” Michelle Sprague. DVM, AMVC Management Services.
  • April 7, 2011: “National Update on the Livestock Antibiotic Use Issue,” Jennifer Greiner, DVM, National Pork Producers Council.

For more information on this long-distance learning opportunity and to view the brochure, go to www.extension.umn.edu/swine.