Four Midwest universities are teaming up to offer a series of ventilation workshops from December through March.

"Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System" is being presented by staff from South Dakota State University (SDSU), Iowa State University, University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska.

Programs will include two hours of classroom instruction and two hours of hands-on training, troubleshooting problems in a mobile ventilation room, explains Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension swine specialist.

He adds: "Ventilation is something people take for granted. They get the basics, but some controllers are very technical and often are not set properly. Producers need to know how to do the fine-tuning to meet the pigs’ needs."

Locations are as follows:

  • Dec. 5: Ramkota Best Western Inn, Aberdeen, SD;
  • Dec. 6: Davison County Extension Complex, Mitchell, SD;
  • Jan. 23, 2003: Community Center, Irene, SD;
  • Jan. 24: Armory, Sioux Empire Fair, Sioux Falls, SD;
  • Feb. 18: Ortmeier Building, West Point, NE;
  • Feb. 19: Gage County Extension Office, Beatrice, NE;
  • Feb. 20: Ag Park, Columbus, NE;
  • Feb. 21: Ag Park, Columbus, NE;
  • Feb. 28: Western Iowa Tech, Sioux City, IA;
  • March 4: Iowa State University Northwest Research Farm, Calumet, IA;
  • March 5: Iowa State Bank, Sac City, IA;
  • March 11: University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca, MN;
  • March 12: University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, MN and
  • March 13: University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton, MN.

The mobile ventilation room will also be displayed on Jan. 9-10 at the South Dakota Pork Congress, Sioux Falls, SD; Jan. 30-31 at the Minnesota Pork Congress, Minneapolis, MN; and Feb. 5-6 at the Nebraska Pork Expo, Columbus, NE. To register, call 800-767-5287.