Swine Workshops Focus on Reproduction, Farrowing

NEBRASKA - Two seminars in March will offer pork producers insight on swine reproduction and farrowing.
calendar icon 22 February 2007
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University of Nebraska Agricultural Research Division

Advanced Swine Reproduction March 22 and Farrowing Basics March 23 will be offered at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City. Advanced Swine Reproduction is primarily for decision-makers who are interested in learning about cutting-edge technologies and management procedures to achieve a high but efficient sow reproductive rate. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by three keynote speakers at 9:30 a.m.

Keynote topics and speakers include: Effective Management of Replacement Gilts, George Foxcroft, Canada Research Chair in swine reproductive physiology; Reproductive Management Strategies, Rodney Baker, senior clinician, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and AI Reproductive Efficiency Tips and Reproductive Checklist for Top Performance, Don Levis, reproductive specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The afternoon will consist of six break-out sessions and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Registration is due March 16. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. For more information, go to the Pork Central home page at http://porkcentral.unl.edu or call Duane Reese at (402) 472-6425, e-mail [email protected] or Dave Stender at (712) 225-6196, e-mail [email protected].

Farrowing Basics is designed to cover the basics in lactating sow and piglet care in conventional pork producing operations. It's intended for animal caretakers, especially beginners. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and presentations begin at 9:30 a.m.

Presentation topics include prefarrowing management, the farrowing process, processing piglets, key sow and piglet health issues, managing the sow, meeting the environmental needs of sows and litters and managing the piglet. Presentations will be given by Alex Ramirez, ISU veterinarian; Stender, ISU swine field specialist; Reese, UNL extension swine specialist and Levis. The seminar should conclude at 5 p.m. Registration is due March 19.

Cost is $25 and includes all educational materials, lunch and refreshments.

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