|ORONO — From 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Pork Producers Association will be presenting a session on regulatory considerations for swine at the Witter Center.
Dr. Carolyn Hurwitz, assistant state veterinarian from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry will talk about her work with pig growers and swine producers. This will be a discussion of livestock import and export, animal identification, reportable diseases, garbage feeding, feral pigs and carcass inspection. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and a demonstration on tagging pigs.
Dr. Colt Knight, livestock specialist, will present basics of keeping pigs and pasturing pigs. This program is for people who are planning to get a few pigs in the spring to raise through the summer and harvest in the fall as well as folks who are planning to get a sow to raise their own piglets.
Pre-registration is required either online https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/regulatory-considerations-for-swine-2-28, by calling 207-942-7396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is free to those who pre-register.
Dr. Knight grew up in a coal mining family in West Virginia where they also operated a small family farm and show horse stable. During academic breaks and between schools, he worked in strip mines across the country. He earned his B.S. in Animal Science at the University of Kentucky, M.S. in Animal Science at Angelo State University, and his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Arizona in 2006, 2012, and 2016, respectively. In fall of 2016, he worked on a post doc with Dr. Derek Bailey at New Mexico State University. Dr. Knight is currently an assistant professor of extension, state livestock specialist for the University of Maine.
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.