Niche Pork Production seminar offered Dec. 10-11 |

Niche Pork Production seminar offered Dec. 10-11

LINCOLN, Neb. – A Dec. 10 seminar in Norfolk or a Dec. 11 seminar in Auburn will offer pork producers involved or interested in niche pork production information for increasing their profits.

Increasing Profits in Niche Pork Production, from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., will be offered at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk or the 4-H Building in Auburn.

Richard Ness, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator, will start the meeting discussing data from the production records project and what it shows is critical in making money with niche pork. He also will show the basics needed to maintain useful production records on any sized farm.

Don Levis, UNL Extension swine specialist, will discuss management strategies for maintaining a healthy sow herd and the critical aspects of getting sows bred in these niche systems.

“Two of the biggest issues facing niche pork producers are consistently getting sows/gilts bred and reducing pre-weaning death losses,” Ness said. “These issues have consistently been seen as negatively affecting the profitability of niche pork operations.”

Keith Thornton, niche pork consultant and author of the book, “Outdoor Pig Production,” will discuss designing and managing farrowing facilities that can come very close to competing with farrowing crates in terms of pre-weaning death losses.

Levis and Thornton are leading experts with critical insights in helping farmers develop strategies in dealing with these issues, he said.

In addition, Levis will discuss goals of the National Research Institute’s newly funded UNL Integrated Extension/Education project for small and medium sized pork producers. Producers will be asked for their input into this project before it is launched in 2009.

Registration is requested by Dec. 5 for meal planning purposes. Cost is $5. For more information or to register, contact the Norfolk office at (402) 370-4000 or the Auburn office at (402) 274-4755.


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