UMaine Extension offers ‘Swine 101’ seminar statewide

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present the free seminar “Swine 101: Raising Pastured Pork” in 10 locations, from Presque Isle to Falmouth, in July and August. A smoked pork meal will be provided. 

Colt Knight, UMaine Extension assistant professor and state livestock specialist, will talk about breed selection, reproductive information, nutrition, fencing, housing and meat yield.

The seminar will first be offered 11 a.m.–1 p.m. July 19, at the UMaine Extension Office in Waldo. Contact Richard Kersbergen, 

In July, the seminar also will be held:

  • 5–7 p.m. July 22, UMaine Extension Office in Skowhegan. Contact Kathy Hopkins, 
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. July 24, J. F. Witter Teaching and Research Centerin Old Town. Elizabeth Hines, assistant professor of animal science and a swine specialist at Penn State University, also will be at the event. Contact Wendy Robertson, 

In August, the seminar will be offered:

  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Aug. 9, UMaine Extension Office in Lisbon Falls. Contact Tori Jackson, tori.jackson@maine
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Aug. 12, UMaine Extension Office in Waldoboro. Contact Mark Hutchinson, 
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, UMaine Extension Office in Falmouth. Carolyn Hurwitz, assistant state veterinarian, also will be at the event. Contact Jason Lilley, 
  • Noon–2 p.m. Aug. 21, UMaine Extension Office in Presque Isle. Contact Linda Trickey, 

The seminar also is slated to be held in Kennebec, Franklin and Hancock counties. Updates on dates and times are online.  

To register and for more information, visit the Swine 101 website. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Knight, 581.2953;