CHEROKEE, Iowa -- Swine producers with farrowing operations are invited to participate in the Farrowing Caretaker Interest Group being formed in Iowa. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine field specialist Dave Stender said the effort is an efficient way for conventional farrowers to connect with peers over a large geographical area. The interest group is sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
"Through this program, producers and employees receive information on CD-ROMs and participate in three phone-based discussions," Stender said. "You'll need a computer with a CD player to see and hear the home study materials and you'll need access to a phone line for the teleconferences. A separate high-speed Internet connection during the phone conference will be useful, but not essential to participate."
Those with a high-speed Internet connection will have the option to ask questions, chat and view the speakers/slides online during the phone conference. Some producers might not have an Internet connection to view the conference over Internet. In those cases, most ISU Extension county offices have a computer station in their offices available for producers to reserve and use.
Stender said participants should plan to spend approximately 11 to 14 hours in total on the program.
"The group gatherings through the teleconferences are designed to address questions about the provided educational materials and specific farm issues," he said. "Having the opportunity to establish a bond with others who share your interests and challenges at work is motivating."
Cost is $20 per person, which includes all materials and participation in the three teleconferences. Deadline for registration is Nov. 10, with the 90-minute teleconferences set for Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
The registration brochure is available on the IPIC Web site www.ipic.iastate.edu/information/farrowing.caretaker.pdf Those with questions can contact Stender by phone at (712) 225-6196 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to Stender, program leaders are University of Nebraska Extension swine specialist Duane Reese, ISU Extension swine specialist Mark Storlie, and ISU assistant professor of veterinary medicine Locke Karriker.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. 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 in programs that are integral and complimentary to work by ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable.