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SowBridge distance educational programs provide relevant and accurate information from a variety of university and industry experts. 

Get the information you need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting. Producers and others in the industry can participate from home, in an office or in the swine unit.

How does SowBridge work?

Registration is every January for that calendar year of monthly SowBridge presentations.

Monthly live presentations are delivered by teleconference from topic experts. All sessions are recorded and audio files are available for download from each session for later use. Before each session, subscribers will receive an email message with links to download the materials for that session. 

SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers. Twelve monthly sessions take place on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. All sessions start at 11:15 a.m. Central Time and last no longer than 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. 

SowBridge and PorkBridge are sponsored by a group of 15 university Extension programs with Sarah Schieck Boelke and Lee Johnston of the University of Minnesota Extension serving as program coordinators. Iowa Pork Industry Center coordinates all registration and subscriber mailings.

View an example SowBridge session

To get an idea of the format and content of SowBridge sessions, please see the example video, which was created using the presentation material and audio recording from a 2017 session where speaker Corinne Bromfield presents "Identifying Scours."

Register for 2021

Registration for entire 2021 program year is currently open. Registration deadline is Jan. 20, 2021. Registration includes 12 sessions delivered via teleconference, one every month starting February 3, 2021 and ending January 5, 2022. View brochure and registration instructions.


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