“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:
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.