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Webinar: Managing your gilts and sows for summer heat

"Breeding herd management: Preparing for summer" will be presented March 17.

A lot of factors go into having a high-performing and productive breeding herd on your farm. Some of those production-limiting factors can be exaggerated as the temperatures rise and gilts and sows are negatively impacted.

National Hog Farmer brings you "Breeding herd management: Preparing for summer," a one-hour webinar sponsored by Merck Animal Health, that will focus on general gilt and sow management topics that you can implement on your farm today, as well as things to consider as you prepare for the summer breeding challenges that will be upon us in a few short months. This webinar will take place 1 p.m. Central on March 31.

Webinar presenters are Tim Safranski, Fred Kuhr and Rob Knox.

Since January of 1996, Safranski has been the swine breeding specialist for the state of Missouri. He is also on faculty at the University of Missouri in Columbia where he leads an integrated Extension/Research/Teaching program in swine genetics, genetic conservation and reproductive management. He teaches the Capstone course in Swine Production as well as an online course in Farrowing Breeding Herd Management.

Safranski earned his bachelor of science degree in animal science from Oregon State University, and his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri.

Kuhr is currently the production supervisor for Dykhuis Farms in Holland, Mich. He started his 40-plus-year pig production career with National Farms. He has also worked in senior production director roles at Heartland Pork, The Maschhoffs and Professional Swine Management.

Knox is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois where he serves as a state extension specialist in the area of swine reproduction. His areas of research include the areas of gilt and sow fertility, seasonal infertility, reproductive diagnostics, hormone control of reproduction and fertility of frozen sperm.

He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Delaware and his masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Kevin Schulz, National Hog Farmer senior staff writer will moderate this ninth offering in the Science Talks. webinar series.

Register for this webinar by clicking here.

Not able to attend? Register anyway, as archived versions of National Hog Farmer webinars are available to watch On Demand shortly after broadcast. You will receive an email with login instructions as soon as the replay is available.

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