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Swine and Facility Management Workshops In NW Iowa

Northwest Iowa – If you are a pork producer, there are several workshops planned in northwest Iowa at which you can learn about swine management and extending the life of your hog buildings and facilities.

The workshops will be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agricultural Engineering Specialist Kris Kohl and Swine Specialist Dave Stender.

Kohl says he and Stender plan to share insights from over 60 years of experience.


He says they’re going to look at a lot of the structural issues with hog buildings.


Kohl and Stender say 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.

Stender says he will share what he has learned about keeping swine healthy and productive. He says they’ll talk about improved biosecurity execution, lower stress pig environments and how to improve a 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 dstender@iastate.edu.

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