Near infrared (NIR) technology, management and stockmanship will be on the agenda at the 2012 Red Deer Swine Technology Workshop on Oct. 31.
Mary Lou Swift of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development will discuss how using NIR technology to analyze grain samples can lead to significant feed cost savings. The system will be demonstrated during the breaks and producers may bring grain samples for analysis, a process that literally takes seconds.
Using technology to optimize the pig’s environment and solve ventilation problems will be discussed by Mario Ramirez of Gowans Feed Consulting. Other topics include management of the gilt up to first farrowing, optimizing herd parity structure and the impact of stockmanship on individual pig care.
The workshop will be held at the exhibition hall at the Sheraton Hotel (formerly the Capri Centre) in Red Deer. Registration costs $75, with a special “5 for the price of 4” package available for $300. For further information or to register, contact Bernie Peet at Pork Chain Consulting Ltd. at (403) 782-3776 or (403) 392-3104 or email [email protected]