SowBridge

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SowBridge

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.

See information on the 2016-2017 SowBridge distance educational series, including a link to download the registration brochure link opens in new window/tab.

SowBridge 2014-2015

February 2014: Rodney “Butch” Baker, Iowa State University, "Managing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

March 2014: Mark Knauer, North Carolina State University, "Determining When to Cull Sows" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

April 2014: Monique Pairis-Garcia, Iowa State University, "Pain Management for Sows" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2014: Amber Stricker, Suidae Health and Production, "Are You Prepared for a Third Party Audit?" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

June 2014: Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Company Inc., "Importance of Educating Others about Pork Production" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2014: Carissa Odland, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, "Practices to Avoid Antibiotic Residue in Cull Sows" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

August 2014: Sheila Schmid, Schwartz Farms, Inc., "Advocating Worker Safety on Farms" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

September 2014: James McKean, Iowa State University, "Practices to Reduce Reliance on Antibiotics" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

October 2014: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Making Fixed-Time AI Work" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

November 2014: Rob English, The Maschhoffs, "Inducing Sows to Farrow: Pros & Cons" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2014: Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, "Feeding and Management of Sows in Pens" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

January 2015: Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University, "Gilt Development" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

 

SowBridge 2012-2013

November 2012: Steve Dritz, Kansas State University, "Effect of Increasing Lactation Length on Productivity and Weaned Pig Cost" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2012: Ashley DeDecker, Murphy Brown LLC, "Welfare and Productivity Issues When Using Pen Gestation Systems" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

January 2012: Amanda Minton, PIC, "Pooling Semen -- All Boars Are Not Created Equal" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

February 2013: Beth Ferry, Michigan State University, "Employees Role in Biosecurity" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

March 2013: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, "Adding Value to Cull Sows" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

April 2013: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Solving the Heat Stress Problem" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2013: Merlin Lindeman, University of Kentucky, "Vitamin D for Sow" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

June 2013: Butch Baker, Iowa State University, "A Review on Vaccinations" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2013: Mark Knauer, North Carolina State University, "Litter Size and Piglet Birth Weights" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

August 2013: Rob Knox, University of Illinois, "Single Service Insemination Technology" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

September 2013: Jay Harmon, Iowa State University, "Energy Efficiency for the Swine Operation" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

October 2013: Brian Buhr, University of Minnesota, "Economic Impact of Transitioning from Stalls to Pen Gestation Housing" link opens in new window/tab Audio file


SowBridge 2011-2012

March 2011: Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University, "Understanding Barn Controller Operations" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

April 2011: Lisa Becton, National Pork Board, "Proper Injection Techniques" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2011: Steve Mathis, Sampson Community College, North Carolina, "Proper Management and Maintenance of Cool Cells" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

June 2011: Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., Mankato, Minnesota, "Water Use and Conservation" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2011: Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota, "Barn Walk-Through Troubleshooting" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

August 2011: Darwin Reicks, Swine Veterinary Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, "Operation and Maintenance of Barn Filtration for Disease Control" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

September 2011: Erin Ehinger, Dykhuis Farms, Holland, Michigan and Anna Johnson, Iowa State University, "Alternative Farrowing and Gestation Systems" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

October 2011: Practitioner, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Fairmont, Minnesota, "Troubleshooting Farrowing Problems" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

November 2011: Morgan Morrow, North Carolina State University, "Euthanasia Update" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2011: Robert Thompson, PIC, "PRRS Inactivation in Transportation Trailers" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

January 2012: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, "Managing Gilt Development Units (GDUs)" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

February 2012: Dale Rozeboom, Michigan State University, "Nutrition for Gilt Development" link opens in new window/tab Audio file

 

SowBridge 2010

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” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

March 2010: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, “Geriatric Sows: Keep or Cull” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

April 2010: Jeff Bender, University of Minnesota, “Keeping Workers Safe from Swine Diseases” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2010: Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University, “Beating Summer Heat for Sows” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

June 2010: Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University, “Air Filtration Systems for Sow Barns” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2010: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, “Timing of AI” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

August 2010: Rob Knox, University of Illinois, “Pregnancy Detection Technology for Troubleshooting” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

September 2010: Jim Fisher, Producer, Middletown, Missouri, "Emergency Action Plans for Hog Barns” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

October 2010: Locke Karriker, Iowa State University, “Winter PRRS Protection” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

November 2010: Jeff Clapper and Chris Hostetler, South Dakota State University, “Heat Detection Methods” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2010: Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, “Managing Feed Drops in Gestation” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

 

SowBridge 2008-2009

November 2008: Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University, “Composting Mortalities” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2008: John Deen, University of Minnesota, “Proper Euthanasia of Sows and Piglets” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

January 2009: Bob Ivey, Maxwell Foods, “Breeding Management in Pens and Stalls” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

February 2009: Barb Straw, Michigan State University, “Crossfostering Approaches and Bump Weaning” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

March 2009: Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Company, Inc., “Optimizing Sow Performance Using Rescue Decks” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

April 2009: Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University, “Creep Feeding” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2009: Rob Knox, University of Illinois, “Reproductive Manipulation Using PG600” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

June 2009:  Ronald Bates, Michigan State University, “Reproductive Manipulation Using Matrix” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2009: Wayne Singleton, Purdue University, “On-Farm Semen Evaluation” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

August 2009: Tim Safranski, University of Missouri, “Induction of Farrowing” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

September 2009: Matt Davis, Hord Livestock, “Sow Watch and Piglet Care the First 24 Hours” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

October 2009: Ralph Williams, Purdue University, “Effective Pest and Rodent Control” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

 

SowBridge 2007-2008

October 2007: Mark Wilson, Ralco Nutrition, “Heat Detection Tips, Techniques and Importance” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

November 2007: Bill Minton, Minton Veterinary Service, “Observing, Treating, and Preventing Sick or Lame Sows” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

December 2007: Steve Pohl, South Dakota State University, “Importance of Ventilation for Pig Comfort” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

January 2008: Ken Stalder, Iowa State University, “Monitoring and Maintaining Proper Condition of Gestating Sows” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

February 2008: Locke Karriker, Iowa State University, “Piglet Health – Proper Observation Skills and Corrective Actions” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

March 2008: Thomas Fangman, University of Missouri, “Putting Real Biosecurity to the Test” link opens in new window/tabAudio file

April 2008: John Shutske, University of Minnesota, “Ensuring a Safe Work Environment” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

May 2008: Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota, “Properly Handling Sows is Very Important” link opens in new window/tabAudio file

June 2008: Duane Reese, University of Nebraska, “Ways to Reduce Preweaning Mortality” link opens in new window/tab Audio file

July 2008: Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, “Feeding Management in Lactation” link opens in new window/tabAudio file

August 2008: Don Levis, University of Nebraska, “Keeping Gilts in the Breeding Herd and Productive” link opens in new window/tabAudio file

September 2008: Steve Mathis, Sampson Community College, “Preventative Maintenance of Equipment” link opens in new window/tab Audio file