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 as files 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.
See information on the 2014-2015 SowBridge distance educational series.
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