AMES, Iowa – Thanks to strong subscriber support and growing demand, the PorkBridge 2006-07 educational series is expanding. The original group of five host universities increases to six, and the length of each session will increase to 1-1/2 hours. Even with these changes, Iowa State University (ISU) animal science associate professor Ken Stalder assured producers that the focus of this unique offering will remain the same.
“PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information on specific topics to people who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities,” Stalder said. “We know producers want this type of information and this program helps us deliver it right to where they are.”
Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge, said the program is provided through a unique delivery method. It combines electronic information viewed on computer with live oral presentations by topic experts via phone. 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 90 minutes in length, beginning either at noon or 7 p.m. Central time. Session times are filled on a first-requested, first-filled basis.
"The cost for participating in this subscription-only series is $125, the same as last year," Stalder said. "This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every other month basis from December 2006 through October 2007."
Session dates, speakers, their university affiliations and topics are as follows.
- Dec. 7, 2006, Jay Harmon, Iowa State University, "How do ventilation controllers communicate with variable speed fans?”
- Feb. 1, 2007, Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota, "Pig handling techniques and options to maximize productivity”
- April 5, 2007, Locke Karriker, Iowa State University, "Why do you have to bleed so many pigs for serology tests?"
- May 31, 2007, Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., "Out-of-feed events—what we’ve learned"
- Aug. 2, 2007, Al Prosch and Dr. Duane Reese, University of Nebraska, "Ethanol, corn, and pig profits"
- Oct. 4, 2007, Dick Nicolai, South Dakota State University, “How do we improve the smell of producing pigs?”
Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University (ISU) coordinates all program details, including registration and subscriber mailings. Mark Whitney of the University of Minnesota coordinates the PorkBridge program and moderates all sessions.
An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/PorkBridge/2006brochure.pdf Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (800) 808-7675.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU.) Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.