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SowBridge set for ninth year of programming

By Staff | Jan 3, 2017

AMES – The distance education program, SowBridge, begins its ninth year Feb. 1 2017, with Ken Stalder, an Iowa State University Extension swine specialist, selecting suggestions from subscribers to set the program’s value.

The yearlong program is offered by subscription only with a Jan. 16, 2017 deadline to ensure participants will receive materials for the first session.

SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets.

Before each session, subscribers receive details on accessing the speaker’s presentation online. Those who request it also receive a CD containing that session’s presentation. For the session itself, most participants will call a toll-free conference line to listen to and interact with presenters. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

The cost is $250 for the first registration from an entity, but those with more than one location have the opportunity to add additional locations for $125 for each subsequent subscription from the same entity.

The cost provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration. Stalder said materials, delivery process, and program costs are slightly different for those with non-U.S. mailing addresses, and encouraged potential subscribers from outside the U.S. to contact Sherry Hoyer at Iowa Pork Industry Center by phone at (515) 294-4496 or email shoyer@iastate.edu for more information.

A brochure with information and a registration form is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/SowBridge/2017SBbrochureIPIC.pdf Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (800) 808-7675.

The 2017 session dates, speakers, their industry affiliations and topics are:

!). Feb. 1: Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, “VFD compliance in the barn.”

2). March 1: Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, “New management guides for sow gestation housing”

3). April 5: Corrine Bromfield, University of Missouri, “Identifying scours.”

4). May 3: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, “Hidden impact of heat stress on pregnant sows and their piglets.”

5). May 31 (June session): Leon Sheets, Iowa pork producer, “Responding to on-farm disasters.”

6). July 5: Todd Stumpf, DNA Genetics, “Managing large litters.”

7). Aug. 2: Christina Phillips, Smithfield, “On-farm research.”

8). Sept. 6: Spencer Wayne, Pipestone Veterinary Services, “Struggling to get back to pre-PEDv production.”

9). Oct. 4: Kara Stewart, Purdue University, “Importance of colostrum.”

10). Nov. 1: Brian Richert, Purdue University, “Decision-making for fallback pigs.”

11). Dec. 6: Todd Price, North Central Veterinary Services, “Sow prolapses: How to handle/repair.”

12). Jan. 3, 2018: Jason Ross, Iowa State University, “Vulva size as part of replacement gilt criteria”

SowBridge is sponsored by a group of 11 state universities – including ISU – from the major swine producing states.

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