By Sherry Hoyer—Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
AMES, Iowa–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 through a unique delivery method. The 2020 program year series begins on Feb. 6 and continues every-other-month for six total sessions.
The program is a source of relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage, or work in swine grow-finish facilities, according to Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist, Ken Stalder, who is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge.
PorkBridge provides an interactive teleconference with electronic materials and live presentations. About a week before each session, subscribers will receive a weblink 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.
“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,” Stalder said. “PorkBridge participants can take part at home, in an office, or in the swine unit, wherever it works best for them. And, everyone can listen later to the audio we record of each live session.”
Sessions are scheduled for the first Thursday of each designated month but occasionally are moved a week to avoid interference with national industry events or holidays. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The price remains at $100 for the entire series, and as in the past, each subsequent registration from the same entity is half that amount. Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration, including audio recordings of the live session, Stalder said.
“Program costs are slightly different for those with non-U.S. mailing addresses,” he said. “Anyone with questions, regardless of location, should contact Sherry Hoyer at Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State for more information.”
Hoyer can be reached by phone at (515)-294-4496 or email [email protected]
The example video featuring info from a 2017 PorkBridge session provides an opportunity to see the content and format of this delivery method. Speaker Dale Ricker presents “Sights, Sounds, and Smells of a Normal Finisher Barn” in it.
The registration form and payment must be received by Jan. 15 to ensure receipt of program materials in time for the first session on Feb. 6. The program brochure has details and the registration form. Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (515)-294-4683.
2020 PorkBridge Session Dates, Speakers, and Topics:
• Feb. 6 – Pam Zaabel, Iowa State University; “African Swine Fever and Secure Pork Supply”
• April 2 – Steve Moeller, The Ohio State University; “Maintenance of Euthanasia Equipment”
• May 28 – Matt Ritter, Provimi US; “In-barn Impacts on Meat Quality”
• Aug. 6 – Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota; “Tail, Ear, and Flank Biting: Reasons Why and How to Address”
• Oct. 1 – Jose Ramirez, Viroz Animal Health; “Proper Application of Disinfectants”
• Dec. 3 – Andy Brudtkuhl, National Pork Board; “Precision Technologies for Commercial Swine Production.”