An Advanced Swine Reproduction Seminar is being offered at two locations to help pork producers perform at a higher level of management for preparing the sow and farrowing space, knowing when/how to assist farrowing sows, managing sows to maximize feed intake and more.

The seminars will be held June 12 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, NE, and June 13 at the Extension Office in LeMars, IA. Sponsors are the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Registration starts at 9:15 a.m. and the program concludes by 3:30 p.m.

At the morning session, pork producers should come prepared to share their farrowing tips, says Duane Reese, University of Nebraska Extension swine specialist.

“We hope newer employees can gain a lot of information from more experienced farrowing managers sharing their insights,” he says. The morning session will be led by Reese; Tim Safranski, swine specialist, University of Missouri; and Dave Stender, Iowa State University swine field specialist.

In the afternoon, Safranski will lead a session on consistent and reliable management practices that lead to superior reproductive performance. He will also discuss industry trends.

Stender will offer updates on current welfare issues for crate-to-pen transition and on managing gilt development programs.

Reese will close the seminar with updates on swine nutrition.

Registration is $30 per person and includes a pork loin lunch. To register or for more information, call Stender at (712) 225-6196 or e-mail dstender@iastate.edu.