The distance learning programme is designed for owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters. Several university Extension programmes have developed and are providing this programme. Each month a new programme is presented, lasting approximately 45 minutes.
Presentations are mailed on a CD to participants one week prior to the programme. Participants follow along with the presentations on their computer while listening to the presenter via a toll-free telephone line. Many breeding/gestation units have multiple employees view and listen over their noon break, utilising a speaker phone.
â€œThe SowBridge programme provides valuable information on the daily care and management of the sow herd, from breeding through to lactation, as well as piglet careâ€ states, Mark Whitney, swine Extension specialist with the University of Minnesota.
Registration and programme information are available at www.extension.umn.edu/swine
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