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Farrowing caretaker group formed in Iowa

Pig producers with farrowing operations are invited to join a Farrowing Caretaker Interest Group, to be formed in Iowa, US.

The project, using the Internet and telephone as means of communication, is aimed to become an efficient way for conventional farrowers to connect with peers over a large area.
The group is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension pig field specialist Dave Stender said, "Through this programme, producers and employees receive information on CD-ROMs and participate in three phone-based discussions."
"You'll need a computer with a CD player to see and hear the home study materials and you'll need access to a phone line for the teleconferences. A separate high-speed Internet connection during the phone conference will be useful, but not essential to participate."

"Having the opportunity to establish a bond with others who share your interests and challenges at work is motivating," Stender said.
Cost is $20 per person, including all materials and participation in the three teleconferences. Registration deadline is 10 November 2006.
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