PorkBridge Series Brings Education to Convenience of Home

by 5m Editor
27 October 2006, at 1:28pm

NEBRASKA - Pork producers, managers and employees are invited to participate in a six-session, grow-finish educational series beginning Dec. 7.

PorkBridge allows participants to listen to and converse with pork specialists from six universities without leaving the home, office or farm. Participants also are given the opportunity to share their insight with other participating producers, said Duane Reese, University of Nebraska-Lincoln swine specialist.

Sessions last an hour and a half and are held every two months. Participants call a toll-free number and follow along with session materials on a computer as the speaker goes through the presentation. Time is reserved at the end of each session for questions and discussion. The series will cover daily decisions related to the grow-finish process, including ventilation, handling techniques, health regimens and feed management. Participants will receive a CD containing session materials one week prior to the upcoming session. Materials include presentations, spreadsheets, video clips, or any other publications provided by the speaker, Reese said.

Program dates and topics include:
Dec. 7 -- How do ventilation controllers communicate with variable speed fans?
Feb. 1 -- Pig handling techniques and options to maximize productivity.
April 5 -- Pigs and serology testing.
May 31 -- Out-of-feed events -- what we've learned.
Aug. 2 -- Ethanol, corn and pig profits.
Oct. 4 -- How do we improve the smell of producing pigs?

Cost is $125 and includes session materials and one phone line per session. Multiple individuals can participate at one site. The only requirement is that everyone can listen to the presentation while viewing the CD.

Registration is due Nov. 24. There is no limit to the number of participants, but early registration is encouraged to ensure a choice session time. Sessions are offered at noon or 7 p.m. central time.

PorkBridge is sponsored by UNL, the University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University and the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.

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