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Pork Producers Encouraged to Register for Remaining PorkBridge Sessions

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Registration by March 27 is required to ensure receipt of materials for the next PorkBridge session on April 6.

3/13/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Pork production operation owners, managers and employees in Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota are invited to participate in the remainder of the PorkBridge educational series at a reduced price.

 

PorkBridge focuses on providing timely, relevant and accurate information on specific topics to people who own or work in swine grow-finish facilities, according to Iowa State University (ISU) animal science associate professor Ken Stalder. The four remaining topics are ventilation controller basics, keeping pigs eating in hot weather, grow-finish biosecurity basics, and animal welfare considerations in grow-finish facilities.

 

“We know that producers in the Midwest want this type of information and this program helps us deliver it literally to their door step,” he said. “People can subscribe now for the remaining four sessions at the reduced price of $100.”

 

The program runs on an every other month basis, with the next session date of April 6. To ensure receipt of materials in time for that session, new subscriptions must be received no later than March 27. People can use the brochure on the IPIC Web site at  www.ipic.iastate.edu/PorkBridge/2005brochure.pdf  and either send a check for $100 or complete the credit card information. Your card will be charged $100.

 

PorkBridge combines electronic information viewed on computer with live oral presentations via phone by experts in the topic areas. The week before each session, subscribers will receive a CD containing that session’s topic-specific presentation and information on accessing the live speaker presentation. Each session is one hour in length, beginning either at noon or 7 p.m. Session times are filled on a first-requested, first-filled basis. Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at ISU coordinates all program details, including registration and mailings.

 

Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (800) 808-7675.

 

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Contacts :

Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, (515) 294-4683, stalder@iastate.edu

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa State University, (515) 294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu