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EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Pork Producers Association, along with United Producers, Inc. have partnered to bring an educational opportunity to Michigan Pork Producers. Health Champions, Protecting and Improving Your On-Farm Investment is a one-time educational event offered in four locations of the state. These sessions are focused on providing information to improve daily management of swine herds and creating an opportunity for producers to provide input on their activities, as well as what has or has not worked for them. Geared to accommodate all sizes of pork operations, the information presented will benefit those involved in swine industry.

Throughout these 3-hour sessions, participants will hear from industry experts on various different topics, including: proper ways to assist the farrowing sow; changes to medicated feed regulations - what to expect from the veterinary feed directive starting January 1st, 2017; vaccination plans and deworming schedules; getting them started right - proper nutrition for the newly-weaning pigs; semen management for artificial insemination; should this pig be treated – knowing when to treat or euthanize; and mortality management. This educational event is offered free of charge to all attendees, thanks to sponsorships from industry businesses.

These educational sessions will be offered across state. The location details include: Oct. 11 at the Van Buren ISD and Tech Center, 250 South Paw Paw Street in Lawrence, MI; Oct. 12 at the Isabella County MSUE Extension Office, 200 N. Main Street in Mt. Pleasant, MI; Oct. 18 at the Jackson County MSUE Extension Office, 1715 Lansing Ave. #257 in Jackson, MI; and Oct. 19 at the Community Center, 407 State Street in Hart, MI. All sessions will run from 6-9 p.m. Dinner will be available for all participants starting at 6:00 p.m. and the educational portion of the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

If you or someone you know are interested in attending these sessions, please RSVP to Emily Schmitt at schmitt@mipork.org or 517-853-3782. Questions regarding the educational session can be directed to Beth Ferry at franzeli@msu.edu or 269-876-2745.

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