CHEROKEE, Iowa — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area residents to attend a workshop focused on improving swine management and extending the life of hog buildings and facilities.
The workshops will be hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach Agricultural Engineering Specialist Kris Kohl and Swine Specialist Dave Stender.
“Kris and I plan to share insights from over 60 years of experience,” Stender said. “Kris has been evaluating building and facility life for years. He knows what mistakes can take years away from a building’s useful life.”
Stender explained that because of the costly expense of agricultural building remodel and repair, these tips could save operators a great deal of money in the long run.
“In addition to Kris’s insights, I will share what I have learned about keeping swine healthy and productive,” Stender said. “We’ll discuss improved biosecurity execution, lower stress pig environments and how to improve our sick pig treatment plan, as well as how to detect disease early to keep more pigs alive and productive.”
Stender said that he will also touch on personnel-related topics.
The workshops will be held in cooperation with the Manure Applicators Certification courses which are scheduled for the following days in Northwest Iowa.
Jan. 18 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Cherokee
Jan. 22 – Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley
Jan. 29 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Orange City
Jan. 30 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Rockwell City
Feb. 2 – Forster Community Center, Rock Rapids
Feb. 5 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Ida Grove
Feb. 6 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Primghar
Feb. 7 – Public Library, Estherville
Feb. 8 – Farmer’s Cooperative Basement, Sioux Center
Feb. 9 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Sac City
Feb. 12 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Spencer
Feb. 13 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Le Mars
Feb. 15 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Pocahontas
Feb. 27 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Orange City
Feb. 28 – ISU Extension and Outreach office, Storm Lake
The swine management and buildings/facilities workshops will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., immediately following the Manure Applicators Certification training in each county. One exception to that is in Primghar where the workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. prior to the Manure Applicators Certification training.
The workshop registration fee is $20 and includes the training, materials and lunch. To reserve your seat and meal, contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office or contact Stender at 712-261-0025 or email@example.com.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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