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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 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.

SowBridge 2020-2021 runs from February 2020 through January 2021. Registrations are accepted anytime during the year. See the brochure for schedule, topics, speakers and registration form.

Presentations from selected program years are available for viewing by program year as listed below. 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.

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2018-2019 program year sessions click to expand

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February 2018
Common Swine Industry Audit: Updates and Opportunities for Improvement; Jamee Eggers, National Pork Board

March 2018
Don’t Get Stuck – Needlestick Injuries in Agriculture; Jeff Bender, University of Minnesota, UMASH

April 2018
Managing Group Sow Gestation; Thomas Parsons, University of Pennsylvania

May 2018
Heat Mitigation for Sows; Lee Johnson, University of Minnesota, and Brian Richert, Purdue University

June 2018
On Farm Semen Analysis; Rob Knox, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

July 2018
Intrauterine Insemination; Kara Stewart, Purdue University

August 2018
Batch Farrowing: Do You Need to Consider?; Ron Ketchem, Swine Management Services (SB0818BatchFarrowing.pdf)

September 2018
Reducing Stillbirths and Neonatal Mortality; Roy Kirkwood, University of Adelaide, Australia

October 2018
Day 1 Care Priorities; Dale Hentges, The Maschhoffs

November 2018
Euthanasia on Farms: A Practical Approach; Madonna Benjamin, Michigan State University

December 2018
Biosecurity: What PEDv Taught Us; Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University

January 2019
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae Epidemiology and Control; Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota


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2017-2018 program year sessions click to expand

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February 2017
VFD Compliance in the Barns; Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University

March 2017
New Management Guides for Sow Gestation Management; Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota

April 2017
Identifying Scours; Corinne Bromfield, University of Missouri

May 2017
Hidden Impact of Heat Stress on Pregnant Sows and Their Piglets; Tim Safranski, University of Missouri

June 2017
Responding to on Farm Disasters; Leon Sheets, Iowa pork producer

July 2017
Managing Large Litters; Todd Stumpf, DNA Genetics

August 2017
On-Farm Research; Christina Phillips, Smithfield

September 2017
Struggling to Get Back to Pre-PEDV Production; Spencer Wayne, Pipestone Veterinary Services

October 2017
Importance of Colostrum; Kara Stewart, Purdue University

November 2017
Decision Making for Fall Back Pigs; Brian Richert, Purdue University

December 2017
Sow Prolapses: How to Handle and/or Repair; Todd Price, North Central Veterinary Services

January 2018
Strategies for Improving Reproductive Performance in Gilts; Jason Ross, Iowa State University


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2016-2017 program year sessions click to expand

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February 2016
The Common Swine Industry Audit What You Need to Know; Monique Pairis-Garcia, The Ohio State University

March 2016
Biosecurity and PEDV: What We Have learned?; Lisa Becton, National Pork Board

April 2016
Sow BCS – How it Relates to Production; Mark Knauer, North Carolina State University

May 2016
Euthanasia Best Practices; Suzanne Millman, Iowa State University

June 2016
Timely Sick Sow Recognition; Bill Minton, DVM, Four Star Veterinary Service

July 2016
Phase Feeding Sows: Gestation and Lactation; Sam Baidoo, University of Minnesota

August 2016
Getting Tail Docking Length Correct and Consistent; Dr. Megan Potter, Abilene Animal Hospital

September 2016
Matching Management to Genetics; Ron Ketchem and Mark Rix, Swine Management Services

October 2016
24 Hour Farrowing House Attendance; Mark Schwartz, Schwartz Farms

November 2016
Post-cervical Artificial Insemination in Swine; Rob Knox, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

December 2016
Proper Room Temperature and Supplemental Heat Use; Joe Zulovich,University of Missouri

January 2017
Achievement and Management of 30+ PSY Sows; Larry Coleman, Nebraska veterinarian