K-State Research and Extension News
December 18, 2013
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2014 SowBridge Program to Cover Current Topics Including PEDV

Distance Education Sessions Start in February

MANHATTAN, Kan. – SowBridge, the monthly distance education program developed for the swine industry from employees to operation managers and owners, has opened
registration. The first session is planned for Feb. 5, 2014.

The program is designed as a continual training and learning program for people involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or litters, according to Joel DeRouchey, livestock specialist with K-State Research and Extension. Participants may be operation owners, managers, employees, technicians or technical service providers. Past participants have been from the United States, Canada, China, Ireland, Australia and West Indies.

Topics for the 2014 SowBridge include: Preventing or Managing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus at the Farm; Feeding/Management of Sows in Pens; Inducing Sows to Farrow; Determining the Right Time to Cull Sows; Gilt Development and others.

“One real advantage to this comprehensive agricultural professional development program is that there’s no travel required,” DeRouchey said. “The sessions are taught by experts from all over the country and those who register participate from their home or farm office.”

Twelve monthly sessions take place throughout the year. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central time and last for 45 minutes, which includes time for questions. The program is offered by subscription at a cost of $250 for the first registration from a business and $125 for each subsequent subscription from the same operation. Registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each session. Prior to each session, participants receive a CD with the session’s presentation, along with information to call a toll-free conference line to listen to and interact with presenters.

The anticipated deadline for registration is Jan. 15, 2014. More information and a full program brochure is available or by contacting DeRouchey at 785-532-2280 or jderouch@ksu.edu. For a sampling of previous SowBridge programs, visit the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

SowBridge is sponsored by a group of 11 state universities, including Kansas State University. The Iowa Pork Industry Center coordinates all registration and subscriber mailings.


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

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