SowBridge offers distance learning


MANHATTAN, Kan. — The successful distance education program SowBridge begins its third year in January 2010.

The program is intended for people involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers.

SowBridge is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets.


Before each session, subscribers receive a CD containing that session’s presentation, along with information on accessing the live speaker presentation.

Most participants will call a toll-free conference line to listen to and interact with presenters.

Each subscription costs $250, which provides access to one telephone line per session and all program materials. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and lasts about 45 minutes.


The year-long program is offered by subscription only with a Dec. 1 deadline to ensure participants will receive materials for the first session Jan. 6. Materials, delivery process and program costs are slightly different for those with non-U.S. mailing addresses, who should Iowa Pork Industry Center at 515-294-4496 for more information.

Materials for the first session will be sent the week of Dec. 14 to those who met the deadline. Materials to others will be sent as forms are received and materials are ready.

More information

A brochure with information and a registration form is available on the K-State Web site at


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