Don't have a lot of time to attend a seminar or conference, but are still interested in staying current with new research and management techniques in the pork industry? PorkBridge and SowBridge programs allow owners, managers and employees to increase their knowledge and skills without needing to leave the comfort of their home or farm office. Both programs are distant education programs combining a presentation viewed on a computer with live presentations delivered by teleconference from topic experts at a scheduled time or via a recording if unable to participate during a scheduled time.
The difference in the two programs is the audience they are aimed at.
PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. Six sessions are offered generally on the first Thursday of every other month throughout the year. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and last a maximum of 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $100 for the series, covering supporting materials and one phone line per session. Registration information for PorkBridge can be found at z.umn.edu/PorkBridgeRegistration.
SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters and boars, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers. Twelve monthly sessions take place on the first Wednesday of the month (generally) throughout the year. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and last no longer than 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $200 for the first registration from an entity and $100 for each subsequent registration from the same entity. Cost includes supporting materials and phone line access. Registration information for SowBridge can be found at z.umn.edu/SowBridgeRegistration.
Registration for both programs is encouraged by January 15, 2019 to ensure materials are received for the first session.