The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the Pork Checkoff and community college instructors will host a Swine Breeding Stock Management course via online learning software Aug. 27.
The course will be instructed by Peter Neigebauer and facilitated by South Central Community College, North Mankato, Minn. It is intended to help prepare individuals for employment in the swine production field. The complete curriculum series, entitled Professional Swine Manager, is targeted toward current pork production employees, with a secondary audience of current community or technical college students wishing to enter a pork production unit after graduation.
"I am pleased to instruct this online hybrid course, which will provide a comprehensive study of the swine breeding herd," Neigebauer said. "The class provides students, young and old, the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the breeding herd through convenient online resources, while also experiencing hands-on learning."
Neigebauer has been a swine instructor at South Central Community College for the past 21 years. He also has been involved in the commercial swine production of a 1,400-head farrow-to-wean farm for the past 17 years.
"Completing the curriculum will help participants find employment and advancement opportunities in pork production," said Jim Lummus, producer learning and performance manager for the Pork Checkoff. "And it's a win for the pork industry, with more skilled, trained individuals in the workforce pool."
For a total of three credit hours, the breeding stock management education will focus on the technical aspects of the breeding, gestation and farrowing departments in a swine operation. Topics include the conditioning, care and management of gilts, sows and boars; breeding schedules; breeding methods; stock replacement; herd integration; replacement strategies; gestation management; lactation management; reproductive health considerations and care of piglets prior to weaning.
Cost is approximately $204 per credit hour and is set by South Central Community College. Students will be required to provide their own computer with a speaker or a headset, along with Internet access. Look for more courses in the spring of 2013, including Introduction to Swine Production and Employer/Employee Issues.
For more information and to register, visit www.SouthCentral.edu/incoming-student-status/non-degree-seeking.html. For specific course information, contact Pete Neigebauer at Pete.Neigebauer@SouthCentral.edu or Jim Lummus at JLummus@pork.org.