K-State Research and Extension News
January 09, 2014
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PorkBridge Distance Education Series to Kick Off in February

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The distance education series, PorkBridge 2014 begins Feb. 6, with several sessions planned throughout the year. This year’s program lineup includes topics such as optimizing feed efficiency, disease prevention and more, presented by university and industry experts.

PorkBridge is designed to reach producers and industry professionals – particularly those involved with grow-to-finish swine operations across the country and around the world, through six sessions on an every-other-month basis. The series is produced through a collaboration of 11 land grant universities, including Kansas State University.

“Swine producers and others in the industry can get up-to-date information without traveling or giving up a day to attend a meeting,” said Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Participants can take part where it works best for them whether at home, in an office or in the swine unit, DeRouchey said. Audio files from each session can also be downloaded for later use.

PorkBridge combines electronic information viewed on a computer with live presentations by topic experts via telephone, so no internet access is necessary. About a week before each session, subscribers receive a CD or web link (depending on their location) with specific presentation and additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session and follow along with the presentation on their computer. Each session starts at noon Central time and includes time for questions of the presenter.

The fee to participate is $125 for the full year.

To ensure receipt of program materials by the first session, participants are asked to complete the subscription form and make payment by Jan. 15. An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the K-State Research and Extension website under Upcoming Events. Kansas residents who want more information can contact DeRouchey at (785) 532-2280 or jderouch@ksu.edu.

Session dates, topics, and speakers are:

  • Feb. 6 -- Optimizing Feed Efficiency to Maximize Your Bottom Line - Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University.
  • April 3 -- Are You Smarter Than Your Barn Controller? - Mike Brumm, Brumm Consulting.
  • June 4 -- (Wednesday, joint presentation with SowBridge originating from World Pork Expo) Importance of Educating Others about Pork Production - Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Co., Inc.
  • Aug. 7 -- Getting the Right Pigs to Market - Brandon Fields, Genus PIC.
  • Oct. 2 -- Biosecurity - Keep Diseases from being Transported onto the Farm - Lisa Tokach and Megan Potter, Abilene Animal Hospital, P.A.
  • Dec. 4 -- On-Farm Necropsies: Who, What, Where, When, and Why? - Locke Karriker, Iowa State University. 

Information for producers outside Kansas is available by contacting Sherry Hoyer at shoyer@iastate.edu or 515-294-4496.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Joel DeRouchey is at 785-532-2280 or jderouch@ksu.edu