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PorkBridge Distance Education Series to Kick Off in February

13 January 2014
Uni Kansas State

US - The distance education series, PorkBridge 2014 begins 6 February, with several sessions planned throughout the year. This year’s programme lineup includes topics such as optimising feed efficiency, disease prevention and more, presented by university and industry experts.

PorkBridge is designed to reach producers and industry professionals – particularly those involved with grow-to-finish swine operations across the country and around the world, through six sessions on an every-other-month basis. The series is produced through a collaboration of 11 land grant universities, including Kansas State University.

“Swine producers and others in the industry can get up-to-date information without traveling or giving up a day to attend a meeting,” said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Participants can take part where it works best for them whether at home, in an office or in the swine unit, DeRouchey said. Audio files from each session can also be downloaded for later use.

PorkBridge combines electronic information viewed on a computer with live presentations by topic experts via telephone, so no internet access is necessary. About a week before each session, subscribers receive a CD or web link (depending on their location) with specific presentation and additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session and follow along with the presentation on their computer. Each session starts at noon Central time and includes time for questions of the presenter.

The fee to participate is $125 for the full year.

To ensure receipt of programme materials by the first session, participants are asked to complete the subscription form and make payment by 15 January. An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the K-State Research and Extension website at under Upcoming Events. Kansas residents who want more information can contact DeRouchey at (785) 532-2280 or

Information for producers outside Kansas is available by contacting Sherry Hoyer at or 515-294-4496.

ThePigSite News Desk

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