PIN Tags Provide Multiple Benefits

ONeel FarmPremises identification numbers (PINs) reach beyond the efforts to identify cull breeding stock headed to harvest; they also are part of the industry’s larger swine identification program.

“PINs act as a 911 address for producers’ pork production sites, which would help support rapid communication…”
– Patrick Webb, Pork Checkoff

Combined, these animal ID efforts illustrate to domestic and foreign customers that U.S. pork producers are committed to a world-class, pre-harvest traceability system. But at the producer level, PINs provide many other benefits. Here’s a snapshot.
PINs benefit pork producers and the industry as a whole by improving:

  • Nationally coordinated swine health programs
  • Disease surveillance
  • Traceability
  • Record keeping
  • Pork Quality Assurance® Plus – PINs are required for PQA Plus® site assessments.

PINs will play a role in national emergency preparedness programs, according to the Pork Checkoff’s Patrick Webb, DVM.

“PINs act as a 911 address for producers’ pork production sites, which would help support rapid communication and response during agricultural emergencies, such as floods, blizzards and disease outbreaks,” Webb said.

“PINs will also play a role in disease surveillance for producers who choose to enroll in the Secure Pork Supply Plan, which is currently under development,” Webb added.

The objective of the Secure Pork Supply Plan is to help maintain business continuity if a foreign animal disease surfaces in the United States. For more details, go to pork.org.