The 2021 program year for the PorkBridge educational series begins Feb. 4 and continues every-other-month for six total sessions. The series is provided through a cooperative effort of 15 colleges and universities from the nation’s major swine producing states including Kansas State University.
“Producers and others in the industry can get the information they need without the hassle of traveling or giving up an entire day to attend a meeting,” said Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University professor and extension swine specialist. “PorkBridge participants can take part at home, in an office or in the swine unit, wherever it works best for them. And all participants can listen later to the audio we record of each live session.”
2021 Session dates, speakers and their affiliations and topics are as follows.
- Feb. 4 – Jen Sorenson, Iowa Select Farms; “How to Handle Activists on Farms”
- April 1 – Monica McConkey, MN Department of Ag; “Mental Health for Pig Barn Workers”
- June 3 – Matt Ritter, Provimi US; “In-barn Impacts on Meat Quality”
- Aug. 5 – Nat Stas, PIC; “Water Management to Maximize Performance”
- Oct. 7 – Jeff Blythe, Pipestone; “Biosecurity for Grow-Finish Production”
- Dec. 3 – Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University; “Interventions to Reduce Mortality: Postweaning”
PorkBridge provides an interactive teleconference with electronic materials and live presentations. About a week before each session, subscribers will receive a web link to download the session’s presentation and any additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session and follow along with their own copy of the presentation on their computer or other device.
Sessions generally are scheduled for the first Thursday of each designated month. Each session begins at 11:15 a.m. (CST) and lasts no more than an hour.
The price remains at $100 for the entire series, and as in the past, each subsequent registration from the same entity is $50. Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration, including audio recordings of the live session.
The registration form and payment must be received by Jan. 20, 2021, to ensure participants receive materials in time for the first session but registrations can be received anytime to receive the full program.
Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world.