Michigan State University Extension will be hosting educational workshops on four days in January throughout Michigan to discuss important topics that impact the transition of the weaned pig from the sow to the nursery environment.
The topics of discussion include Pig Environment Management, Timing Feed Budgets During the Transition, Quality Pig/ Off Pig management, Identification and Treatment of Sick Pigs During Transition and Euthanasia & Mortality Management.
"This is a critical time for small pigs and we want to do all we can to help them transition from nursing the sow to living in a pen with new pen mates and eating a grain based diet," said Jerry May, MSU Extension educator. "These meetings are designed to help producers better manage their small pigs and reduce stress on the pigs during the transition."
Each meeting will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. The cost is $35 per person or $30 for five or more per farm. For unlimited participants per farm the cost is $350.
The following list contains the dates and locations of the group discussion workshops:
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Allegan County MSU Extension Office
Human Services Building
3255 122nd Ave., Allegan
Thursday, Jan. 17
Isabella County MSU Extension Office
200 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Dearth Community Center
Branch County Fairgrounds
262 Sprague Street, Coldwater
Thursday, Jan. 31
Cass County MSU Extension Office
120 N. Broadway, Suite 209, Cassopolis
There are also two pre-programs available. The first, Transport Quality Assurance will take place from 1-3 p.m. and the cost is $20 per person. The second, Pork Quality Assurance Plus will take place from 3-5 p.m. and the cost is also $20 per person.
Pre-registration is required to participate in these workshops. Either register online or mail your name, address and phone, desired meeting location and your check payment made out to Michigan State University to:
Michigan State University, Agriculture Hall, 446 W. Circle Dr., Room 312,
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039.
The registration deadline for the Allegan and Mt. Pleasant meetings is Jan. 11, 2013. For the Coldwater and Cassopolis meetings, submit registration by Jan. 25, 2013.
For additional information contact Jerry May at 989-875-5296.