A few openings still are available for pork producers wanting to attend the 18th Oklahoma State University Swine Farrowing School July 10 and 11 at Stillwater.

The school is designed primarily for beginning and relatively inexperienced producers, although experienced producers may be interested if they feel the need to improve their farrowing house skills, according to Glenn Selk, OSU Cooperative Extension livestock reproduction specialist.

Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available through all OSU Cooperative Extension county offices.

"Enrollment will be limited to the first 35 registrants, to help ensure participants receive the greatest possible amount of training," Selk said. "Anyone who wants to attend should pick up an enrollment form and send it in as quickly as possible."

Registration forms must be sent to OSU Ag Conferences, 430 Student Union, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Cost of the farrowing school is $40. This fee covers the cost of an evening meal on July 10, refreshment breaks during the school and take-home educational materials. Participants are responsible for their own lunch on July 10.

"Participants who do not live in or near Stillwater also will have to make hotel arrangements as this is a two-day conference," Selk said.

Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, July 10 at the OSU Animal Science Building. The July 10 session will adjourn at 7:30 p.m. The Wednesday, July 11 session will begin at 8 a.m., and adjourn at noon.

Tuesday sessions will focus on reproductive management, farrowing management, sow and pig diseases, disease prevention and vaccination programs and sow and gilt management.

Other July 10 activities will include a tour of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at OSU.

The second day of the workshop will focus mainly on practical exercises and demonstrations. Topics covered will include sow farrowing, castration, ear notching, tail docking, administering iron shots, vaccinations (Leptospirosis and Parvovirus) and preparing sows for farrowing. These sessions will take place at the OSU Swine Barn. Participants then will tour the OSU Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital.

Sessions will be led by OSU animal science and veterinary medicine professionals.

Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about registering for the OSU Swine Farrowing School should contact Jandra Pricer, OSU Ag Conferences, at 405-744-6489.

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