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“In the Swine Barn” Webinar Series

“In The Swine Barn,” Webinar Series is a collaboration between WSU Extension and South Dakota State University Extension, Washington Pork Producers, and support from the National Pork Board. The webinar series is tailored to small acreage pig farmers in the Pacific Northwest. Larger scale producers or pig farmers from outside the area are also welcome to attend as lifelong learners. The webinars are free to attend however individuals must register to receive log-in information.
To receive log-in information for upcoming webinars, please email Sarah at smithsm@wsu.edu.

Farrowing Basics

Recorded Webinar: Farrowing Basics

The first webinar of the “In The Barn Series” focused on farrowing for sow care and comfort and piglet survivability and health. The webinar featured Dr. Bob Thaler and Dr. Ryan Samuel, SDSU Swine Extension Specialist, and videos of sow and piglet management from the South Dakota Swine Teaching Barn.

From Pig to Pork Chop - How much pork is in that pig?

Recorded Webinar: From Pig to Pork Chop – How much pork is in that pig?

“From Pig to Pork Chop” Webinar featured Dr. Paul Kuber, WSU Extension Specialist, explaining how much pork meat one can expect from a butchered pig. There are many things to consider— whether you are a meat consumer considering purchasing a live pig that will be butchered for home use; or a pig producer wanting to directly sell pork to consumers. The goal of this educational webinar is to provide viewers with information on pork meat quality and quantity when purchasing or selling a pig for harvest for consumption. Three different types of market hog were evaluated from the live animal through carcass fabrication to evaluate meat quality and factors influencing the pounds of meat one will get from a butcher hog.

Selecting and Starting a Show Pig

Recorded Webinar: Selecting and Starting a Show Pig

March’s “In The Swine Barn” webinar focused on what to look for when selecting a show pig and getting it off to a good start.  Dr. Bob Thaler, SDSU Swine Extension Specialist, visited Olson Yorkshire show pig barn in Irene, SD to help showcase what to look for when selecting a show pig.  Dr. Thaler and Mr. Olson discuss selecting a young show pig for optimal success growing and showing their pig project. The webinar also featured information for purchasing, transporting, and getting newly purchased show pig off to a good start.

Nursery Pig Management

Recorded Webinar: Nursery Pig Management

April’s “In The Swine Barn” webinar Dr. Ryan Samuel and Dr. Bob Thaler, SDSU Swine Extension Specialists, provide valuable information to manage baby pigs from birth through weaning to increase health and productivity of your pigs through their productive life to produce high-quality pork.  The webinar focused on nursery pig management; viewers will learn proper techniques to tag, castrate, ear notch, and vaccinate babies to minimize stress on pigs and handlers.

Training and Health of Show Pigs

Recorded Webinar: Training and Health of Show Pigs

The webinar focused on training techniques for a show pig and good management practices to keep them healthy and performing so they are at their best-come show day.  Sarah Smith, WSU Extension, discusses training techniques to use as you work with your pig to get them show-ring ready.  Dr. Ryan Samuel, SDSU Swine Extension Specialist, provided important information on managing pigs for heat stress, biosecurity to keep your pigs healthy, and transportation consideration when transporting pigs to shows and fairs.

Show Pig Preparation and Showmanship

Recorded Webinar: Show Pig Preparation and Showmanship

The July “In The Swine Barn” webinar with WSU and SDSU Extension focused on show pig fitting and showing.  Mr. Tommy Norman and  Mr. Matthew Chaney from South Dakota State University provide helpful information for youth, parents, leaders, and advisors to use when preparing pigs for sow and fair season.  Viewers will learn showmanship and training preparation, clipping and fitting of show pigs, showmanship expectations, and show day preps to help your pig feel and show its best.

African Swine Fever

Recorded Webinar: African Swine Fever

In late July African Swine Fever (ASF) was detected in The Dominican Republic, which puts the swine virus, that has created significant loss globally, uncomfortably close to the US border and direct travel.  What is ASF? And what can you do to protect your pigs and your markets in the unfortunate event of an ASF outbreak on US soil?  This “In The Swine Barn” webinar with WSU and SDSU Extension featured speaker Dr. Pam Zaabel the Director of Swine Health with the National Pork Board.  During the hour-long webinar, Dr. Zaabel provided an overview of ASF and why it is so concerning if ASF is detected in the US, and how producers can get involved with the national plans and reporting systems to not only protect their pig herds but also protect their access to markets and business continuity in the event of a foreign disease outbreak.

Swine Reproduction & Artificial Insemination

Recorded Webinar: Swine Reproduction & Artificial Insemination

This “In The Swine Barn” webinar with WSU and SDSU focused on helping producers achieve reproductive success in their swine herds. Dr. Ryan Samuel, SDSU Swine Extension Specialist, provided an overview of swine reproduction and good management practices to enhance reproductive success during natural mating or artificial insemination. Dr. Samuel also discussed management practices one can implement to improve pregnancy success and delivery of healthy litters of piglets.