Registrations are now being taken for the SowBridge Breeding Herd Education Series. The programme will begin November 5th.
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.