Contact: Mike King
National Pork Board
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Pork Checkoff Offers Webinar on New FDA Antibiotic Rules
Free Registration Now Open for Feb. 21 Event

DES MOINES, IOWA – Feb. 2, 2017 – The Pork Checkoff will present “How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations,” a free online webinar on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CST for producers and allied-industry participants.

The 60-minute presentation will feature three veterinarians and will offer the opportunity for both live and pre-event questions. Speakers include Dave Pyburn, vice president of science and technology at the National Pork Board; Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council; and Harry Snelson, communications director at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

The veterinarians will focus primarily on the major keys to successfully navigating and complying with the new antibiotic rules. They will give special attention to record-keeping protocols, how to maintain a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship and what to expect if you have an on-farm inspection.

“With the new FDA antibiotic regulations in effect for over a month, we felt it was a good time to get additional insights into what producers and veterinarians are experiencing at the farm level,” said Jan Archer, a North Carolina pork producer and president of the National Pork Board. “The webinar also offers producers a convenient way to ask the experts what they should do to fine-tune their antibiotic compliance as part of their overall stewardship efforts.”

Registration for the free webinar is now open at www.pork.org/antibiotics and clicking the webinar link.

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The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org