Swine Production and Management Home Study Course

A course for swine producers interested in improving their production practices and ultimately profitability of their operation.

The hog industry includes a variety of operations from youth show projects to purebred breeding stock to commerical meat operations.

The hog industry includes a variety of operations from youth show projects to purebred breeding stock to commerical meat operations.

Lessons

There are six lessons in the course which cover:

  • basic production information
  • reproduction
  • nutrition
  • health
  • marketing
  • financial issues

Upcoming Course

The next course is scheduled to begin on February 1, 2017. The registration deadline is January 18, 2017.

Register for the Swine Production and Management Home Study Course.

How Does The Course Work?

  • Lessons are mailed weekly for six weeks. The first lesson will be mailed or emailed on February 1. Postal participants will receive a CD of materials.
  • Read weekly lesson materials and complete worksheet.
  • Return worksheet and any questions to Dave Hartman at the Penn State Extension office in Columbia County.
  • Worksheets ask questions about your individual operation. You will receive personalized comments and suggestions for ways to improve your operation. If you don't own hogs yet, simply answer the questions based on what you plan to do.

Cost Of The Course

  • Internet/email $50.00
  • Postal service $85.00

What's In It For Me?

  • You will gain a better understanding of the basics of swine production.
  • You will learn how to feed to meet the nutritional needs of swine.
  • You will learn about the reproductive process in swine.
  • You will learn how to keep swine healthy and how to correct health problems.
  • You will learn effective ways to market your hogs.
  • You will learn how to properly handle financial issues related to swine production.

For more information

Dave Hartman
dwh2@psu.edu
570-784-6660

Melanie Barkley
meh7@psu.edu
814-623-4800