SowBridge swine program offers distance learning
The successful distance education program SowBridge begins its third year in January 2010. Iowa State University (ISU) animal science associate professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program received great reviews from a wide range of participants and that helped solidify the decision to continue offering it.
“We asked participants for suggestions on topics and speakers, and are happy to provide a greater variety of session subjects and speakers from university, public and private entities this year,” Stalder said. “SowBridge provides all participants with the opportunity not only to hear directly from experts, but to contact those experts following the individual sessions.”
Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for SowBridge, said the program is intended for people involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers. SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets.
“People from 13 states, four Canadian provinces and Ireland took part in the past year's program, and they told us they appreciated having all employees participate in the sessions without requiring any travel or other expenses,” he said. “With the live phone presentation and slideshow viewed on computer, participants do not need internet access and can take part from anywhere.”
A brochure with information and a registration form is available on the IPIC Web site at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/SowBridge/2009brochure.pdf
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