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EAST LANSING, MI -- The MSU Extension Pork Team has scheduled 3 great training opportunities in March for pork producers, farm employees and people involved in the swine department of county fairs that focus on swine health.

The information given will apply directly to the management of pigs at your operation. Learn how to improve heard health, management disease outbreaks, promote safety on the farm and take steps to safeguard the environment.

By attending participants will be able to meet the caretaker training criteria for the common swine industry audit and Pork Quality Assurance Site Assessment. Certificates or documentation of completion will be available upon request for farms to include in their records.

Presentations will include: Managing Mycotoxins (Dr. Dale Rozeboom); Managing the 3 P’s – PRRS, PEDv, Pcv2, Strep (Dr. Madonna Benjamin); Enviro-Impact Tool (Shelby Burlew); Pigs, People and the Public (Beth Ferry); Respirator Protection: Do I need it? Does it fit? (Dr. Melissa May); and Group Sow Housing- Lessons Learned (Sarah Ison).

Dates and locations for the meetings:

• Monday, March 20 – Dearth Community Center – Branch County Fairgrounds – Coldwater

• Tuesday, March 21 – Isabella County MSU Extension office – Mt. Pleasant

• Wednesday, March 22 – Cass County MSU Extension office – Cassopolis

Cost will be $25 per person, or $250 farm rate.  Register for the meeting at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/Backtobasicspighealth/ or by contacting Beth Ferry at franzeli@msu.edu or 269-876-2745. Space is limited, so be sure you register!!

All meetings start with sign-in at 5:30 p.m., with the educational session being from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

This meetings series is generously supported by Osborne Livestock Systems, Zoetis, National Pork Board and Michigan Pork Producers Association.

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