Washington Swine Artificial Insemination School Announced

DAVENPORT, Wash. — Washington State University Extension is offering a swine artificial insemination school in Moses Lake in September.

The school will be presented on Monday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Grant County Fairgrounds, 3953 Airway Drive N.E. in Moses Lake.

According to Tom Platt, WSU Area Extension Educator in Davenport, the swine producers who attend the one-day school will learn the basics of artificial insemination and will return to their farms with the skill and ability to inseminate their sows and gilts with commercially available boar semen.

The school’s instructor will be Tim Safranski, University of Missouri State Extension Swine Breeding Specialist. Safranski teaches artificial insemination, farrowing schools, boar management, and genetic improvement throughout Missouri and beyond. He was the 2001 recipient of the National Pork Producers Council Swine Industry Award for Innovation in Education.

School participants will learn basic anatomy and physiology of reproduction in swine, techniques for detecting and synchronizing heat, insemination techniques, and sources of semen, supplies and reference material.

Cost of the school is $50 per participant which includes refreshments, lunch and class materials. Advance registration is required by Sept. 3 and space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A flier with registration form can be downloaded at http://livestocktopics.wsu.edu. For more information, special needs accommodation or to have a registration flier mailed to you contact Platt’s office at 509-725-4171 or plattom@wsu.edu. to have one mailed.  WSU Extension programs are offered without discrimination.