ISU Extension to offer new Women Managing Swine workshops

Topics include nutrition, health and safety around swine production, as well as ventilation and building maintenance.

October 13, 2023

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National Pork Board

Women Managing Swine is a new four-week workshop series being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County in November, for women who either work in the swine industry or are interested in learning more about swine production.

Sessions will be held at various locations in Washington County on Mondays from 6-9 p.m., with a light meal served at 5:30 p.m., beginning on Nov. 6 and continuing Nov. 13, 20 and 27.

A new topic will be covered each week. Topics include an overview of swine production in Iowa, swine nutrition, health and safety around swine production, swine ventilation, maximizing the value of swine manure, swine building maintenance and renovation, and considerations for siting a new building. Sessions are designed to be interactive and hands-on.

“This program aims to provide a basic understanding on a broad range of swine production topics,” said Matt Romoser, swine specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “In the continually evolving world of pork production, areas like nutrition, health and barn management remain constants for producers. “

There is a $50 registration fee, which includes the meal before each session and all materials and resources. Register online or by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County Office at 319-653-4811. The registration deadline is Nov. 1 by 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required, and spaces are limited to 25 participants.

“Regardless of prior production experience, our goal is to equip participants with tools and information to help them succeed in the pork industry,” said Romoser.

For questions or to learn more about Women Managing Swine, call 319-653-4811 or contract Andy Miller, director of ISU Extension and Outreach in Washington County, via email.   

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