If you work in or with breeding and gestation units, gilt development systems, or farrowing barns, the SowBridge program is for you. This program helps improve your understanding of important topics and increase productivity in your breeding herds and farrowing systems. Since it began in 2007, the series has reached producers and industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world. Sessions are recorded and the audio provided to subscribers as it becomes available.
Below, see the list of topics, speakers and presentations (pdf), and listen to available audio (.wav) from the program’s first few years. This list is updated and links to these files are added as they are available. Please note that information was correct and appropriate as of the presentation date. No guarantee is made of accuracy of any of the information since that date.
February 2014: Virus Rodney “Butch” Baker, Iowa State University, "Managing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea"
March 2014: Mark Knauer, North Carolina State University, "Determining When to Cull Sows"
April 2014: Monique Pairis-Garcia, Iowa State University, "Pain Management for Sows"
May 2014: Amber Stricker, Suidae Health and Production, "Are You Prepared for a Third Party Audit?"
June 2014: Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Company Inc., "Importance of Educating Others about Pork Production"
July 2014: Carissa Odland, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, "Practices to Avoid Antibiotic Residue in Cull Sows"
August 2014: Sheila Schmid, Schwartz Farms, Inc., "Advocating Worker Safety on Farms"
September 2014: James McKean, Iowa State University, "Practices to Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics"
October 2014: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Making Fixed-Time AI Work"
November 2014: Rob English, The Maschhoffs, "Inducing Sows to Farrow: Pros & Cons"
December 2014: Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, "Feeding and Management of Sows in Pens"
January 2015: Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University, "Gilt Development"
November 2012: Steve Dritz, Kansas State University, "Effect of Increasing Lactation Length on Productivity and Weaned Pig Cost"
December 2012: Ashley DeDecker, Murphy Brown LLC, "Welfare and Productivity Issues When Using Pen Gestation Systems"
January 2012: Amanda Minton, PIC, "Pooling Semen -- All Boars Are Not Created Equal"
February 2013: Beth Ferry, Michigan State University, "Employees Role in Biosecurity"
March 2013: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, "Adding Value to Cull Sows"
April 2013: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Solving the Heat Stress Problem"
May 2013: Merlin Lindeman, University of Kentucky, "Vitamin D for Sow"
June 2013: Butch Baker, Iowa State University, "A Review on Vaccinations"
July 2013: Mark Knauer, North Carolina State University, "Litter Size and Piglet Birth Weights"
August 2013: Rob Knox, University of Illinois, "Single Service Insemination Technology"
September 2013: Jay Harmon, Iowa State University, "Energy Efficiency for the Swine Operation"
October 2013: Brian Buhr, University of Minnesota, "Economic Impact of Transitioning from Stalls to Pen Gestation Housing"
March 2011: Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University, "Understanding Barn Controller Operations" Audio file
April 2011: Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, "Proper Injection Techniques" Audio file
May 2011: Steve Mathis, Sampson Community College, North Carolina, "Proper Management and Maintenance of Cool Cells" Audio file
June 2011: Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., Mankato, Minnesota, "Water Use and Conservation" Audio file
July 2011: Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota, "Barn Walk-Through Troubleshooting" Audio file
August 2011: Darwin Reicks, Swine Veterinary Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, "Operation and Maintenance of Barn Filtration for Disease Control" Audio file
September 2011: Erin Ehinger, Dykhuis Farms, Holland, Michigan and Anna Johnson, Iowa State University, "Alternative Farrowing and Gestation Systems" Audio file
October 2011: Practitioner, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Fairmont, Minnesota, "Troubleshooting Farrowing Problems" Audio file
November 2011: Morgan Morrow, North Carolina State University, "Euthanasia Update" Audio file
December 2011: Robert Thompson, PIC, "PRRS Inactivation in Transportation Trailers" Audio file
January 2012: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Managing Gilt Development Units (GDUs)" Audio file
February 2012: Dale Rozeboom, Michigan State University, "Nutrition for Gilt Development" Audio file
January 2010: Beth Ferry, Michigan State University, “In-Barn Communication Among Workers” Audio file
February 2010: Jerry May, Michigan State University, “Your Role in the Public Perception of the Pork Industry” Audio file
August 2010: Rob Knox, University of Illinois, “Pregnancy Detection Technology for Troubleshooting” Audio file
November 2007: Bill Minton, Minton Veterinary Service, “Observing, Treating, and Preventing Sick or Lame Sows” Audio file
January 2008: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, “Monitoring and Maintaining Proper Condition of Gestating Sows” Audio file
February 2008: Locke Karriker, Iowa State University, “Piglet Health – Proper Observation Skills and Corrective Actions” Audio file
August 2008: Don Levis, University of Nebraska, “Keeping Gilts in the Breeding Herd and Productive” Audio file