Professional Swine Manager

 Do You Want to Increase Your Pork Production Knowledge and Excel Your Career?

The Professional Swine Manager educational program will help you do just that. A career in pork production does not have to stop at the first step. You can continue to learn and grow within the industry by enrolling in Professional Swine Manager courses. The comprehensive work-study program focuses on modern pork production, helping you manage a sow farm and grow-finish units, and enhance your skills in departments within each type of production system. Courses emphasize the science and knowledge that will position you for promotions and allow you to make better decisions as a production manager.

What is the program objective?

Professional Swine Manager is a program to connect pork production knowledge and hands-on application with information acquired for a national certification.

Who should enroll in this program?

The primary audience is current pork production employees who want to enhance their industry knowledge. The secondary audience is current community or technical college students wishing to enter a pork production unit after graduation.

How does this benefit me?

  • Provides a foundation to build a successful career in the pork industry
  • Allows you to acquire the education to become certified as a professional in swine management
  • Gain skills and knowledge needed to excel as a farm manager

What are the courses?

The courses combine online classroom studies and hands-on learning offered by community college instructors who are experienced in pork production. Because the classes are offered online, the Professional Swine Manager curriculum is available nationwide to help you master core competencies.

The Professional Swine Manager courses, which qualify as credit towards and associate’s degree, cover all aspects of swine production and management-level responsibilities. The courses include:

  • Employer/Employee Issues (Spring Semester)
  • Facility Maintenance (Spring Semester)
  • Introduction to U.S. Pork Production (Spring Semester)
  • Agribusiness Internship (Summer Semester)
  • Swine Record Systems (Summer Semester)
  • Breeding Stock Management (Fall Semester)
  • Nursery and Finishing Management (Fall Semester)

The classroom instruction enhances the Professional Swine Manager program’s on-farm learning component where you gain practical, hands-on experience in the barns.

 

Course Descriptions

How to REGISTER?

Register for courses through the South Central College registration page. For a step-by-step guide of the registration process, logging in and registering for courses, click the Professional Swine Manager Registration Guide.

Courses are delivered in partnership with:

Course Instructor Information:

Pete Neigebauer
(507) 389-7290
Pete.Neigebauer@southcentral.edu

 

*All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.

For more information contact:

Chelsey Van Genderen

US Pork Center of Excellence
Program Manager
515-223-2641
Karen Hoare
Director – Producer Learning and Development
National Pork Board
KHoare@pork.org 
515-309-6131

Funding Provided By:

                       

Spring Semester 2014

AGRI 1800 Employer/Employee Issues

Credit Hours: 2.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $408
Course Schedule: Jan. 16 – April 17, 2014, Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Description: This course covers the principles and factors of employee supervision as they relate to the goals of the swine business. Supervision problems with practical solutions are emphasized. Personnel management techniques including determining personnel needs, finding and recruiting people, learning styles, personality considerations in conflict resolution, compensation issues, performance appraisals, training, promotions and terminations are discussed.

MEAG 1500 Facility Maintenance

Credit Hours: 3.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $612
Course Schedule: Jan. 15 – April 17, 2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Description: This course provides a detailed look at maintaining and servicing production facilities. Agricultural confinement housing, wiring and electric motors for farm application are explained. Emphasis is placed on maintaining electrical equipment, plumbing systems and mechanical equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to troubleshoot and repair ventilation equipment, pumps and plumbing, feed lines, curtain controls and basic electrical controls.

* All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.

Summer Semester 2014

 

SWPR 2000 Swine Record Systems

Credit Hours: 3.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $612
Course Schedule: June 4 – July 23, 2014, Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Description: This course covers recordkeeping systems for all types of swine enterprises with an emphasis on interpretation. Swine record use and analysis to maintain efficient productivity in all parts of the swine enterprise is stressed. Computerized record systems are compared, and students have an opportunity to utilize PigChamp or Pigcare record information, as well as other computerized records in swine production systems.

AGRI 2780 Agribusiness Internship

Credit Hours: 1 – 6 credits
Cost: Approx. $178/credit
Course Schedule: June 4 – July 23, 2014, at various worksites across the U.S.
Description: This course is a cooperative educational program between the student, faculty and selected internship site/business. Students apply competencies gained from previous coursework in an agribusiness industry workplace. Specific tasks to be completed by the student are identified in an individual training plan developed by the student, faculty and internship supervisor. Each training plan is specific to the individual student and business enterprise where the student is employed. (Prerequisite: Prior approval by the instructor and cooperating business supervisor along with a signed internship agreement.)

* All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.

 

Spring Semester 2015

AGRI 1800 – Employer/Employee Issues

Credit Hours: 2.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $408
Course Schedule: Jan. 12 – April 14, 2015, Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. CST
Description: This course covers the principles and factors of employee supervision as they relate to the goals of the swine business. Supervision problems with practical solutions are emphasized. Personnel management techniques including determining personnel needs, finding and recruiting people, learning styles, personality considerations in conflict resolution, compensation issues, performance appraisals, training, promotions and terminations are discussed.

MEAG 1500 – Facility Maintenance

Credit Hours: 3.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $612
Course Schedule: Jan. 12 – May 6, 2015, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. CST
Description:This course provides a detailed look at maintaining and servicing production facilities. Agricultural confinement housing, wiring and electric motors for farm application are explained. Emphasis is placed on maintaining electrical equipment, plumbing systems and mechanical equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to troubleshoot and repair ventilation equipment, pumps and plumbing, feed lines, curtain controls and basic electrical controls.
This course does include a once a week lab, for this lab you will need the following tools and equipment.

* All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.

 

Summer Semester 2015

 

SWPR 2000 – Swine Record Systems

Credit Hours: 3.0 credits
Cost: Approx. $635
Course Schedule: To Be Determined
Description: This course covers record keeping systems for all types of swine enterprises with an emphasis on interpretation. Swine record use and analysis to maintain efficient productivity in all parts of the swine enterprise is stressed. Computerized record systems are compared, and students have an opportunity to utilize PigChamp or PigCare record information, as well as other computerized records in swine production systems.

AGRI 2780 – Agribusiness Internship

Credit Hours: 1 – 6 credits
Cost: Approx. $179/credit
Course Schedule: June 9 – August 1, 2014, at various work sites across the U.S.
Description: This course is a cooperative educational program between the student, faculty and selected internship site/business. Students apply competencies gained from previous coursework in an agribusiness industry workplace. Specific tasks to be completed by the student are identified in an individual training plan developed by the student, faculty and internship supervisor. Each training plan is specific to the individual student and business enterprise where the student is employed. (Prerequisite: Prior approval by the instructor and cooperating business supervisor along with a signed internship agreement.)

* All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.

 

 

Fall Semester 2015

SWPR 1200 – Breeding Stock Management

Credit Hours: 3 credits
Cost: Approximately $635
Schedule: To Be Determined
Description: This online hybrid course provides a comprehensive study of the swine breeding herd.  It focuses on the technical aspects of the breeding, gestation and farrowing departments in a swine operation. Topics include the conditioning, care and management of gilts, sows and boars, breeding schedules, breeding methods, stock replacement, herd integration, replacement strategies, gestation management, lactation management, reproductive health considerations, and care of piglets prior to weaning.

SWPR 1300 – Nursery and Finishing Management

Credit Hours: 3 credits
Cost: Approximately $635
Schedule: To Be Determined
Description: This online hybrid course covers nursery and finishing management. Topics include growth principles, management routines, biosecurity considerations, social stress, nutritional stress, housing requirements, building design, ventilation, common diseases, issues, and the development of a management guide for finishing swine.  This course also covers a study on the requirements of the growing/finishing animal to maximize production and efficiency.

*All courses require computer with speakers or headset and internet access.