Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – April 2020

Build a Biosecurity Culture Dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis has been capturing everyone’s attention, but farmers have long known that following biosecurity measures on their farms is critical to help ensure the health of farm personnel and pigs, says Lisa Becton, DVM, director of swine health for the Pork Checkoff. “Education and training are […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – August 2019

Biosecurity:  Shore Up the Weakest Links on Your Farm When it comes to biosecurity, there are many common protocols that should be followed on every farm. But still, one size doesn’t fit all. Success depends on tailoring biosecurity for every site, with everyone knowing and carrying out the plan. “The temptation is to create a […]

African Swine Fever Update

Concerns that a foreign animal disease (FAD) could reach the homeland grew for U.S. pork producers on Aug. 3 when Chinese government officials announced the country’s first case of African swine fever (ASF) in a northeastern province. What started with a few pigs in a modest pig production region has since spread to multiple confirmed […]

Learn from Each Other to Maximize Safety

by Joe Wolfe, Live Pork Transportation Manager for JBS Pork Truck rollovers and accidents, while rare, can have a significant impact. Transportation is the most visible step in raising pigs because we are traveling the same lanes and are in the presence of our consumers. If not handled appropriately and professionally, accidents can negatively impact […]

Avoid Distractions

From phone calls to eating, distractions increase the likelihood of an accident for drivers, including those behind the wheel as they transport the nation’s pigs. The Transportation Quality Assurance® (TQA®) program encourages truckers to avoid distractions, such as reading, texting or reaching for items on the floor or across the seat. “Following a one-touch policy […]

In the Event of an Accident…

If uninjured and able to do so, the transporter should: Call 911 if the accident occurs on a public roadway or if emergency assistance is required for an on-farm accident. Advise operator of: The location of the accident The fact that you have animals on-board The status of any loose animals Any known hazards Set […]

Make Sure Your Transporters Are Prepared

Even with preventive measures, some accidents will occur, so the need for response training remains. After several livestock truck rollovers in recent years, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, along with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and several local Farm Bureau chapters, last spring conducted a comprehensive two-day training on managing rollovers. Topics included organizing the […]

Safe Transport of Pigs Starts with Planning

On any given day, more than a million pigs are transported on U.S. roads to farm sites or to market. While pork producers and truckers work together to keep pigs safe en route, planning for the unlikely event of a truck rollover, an accident, truck engine failure or another emergency can’t be left to chance. […]

Be Open to New Ideas

Change is inevitable in pig production, making it important for pork producers to be proactive, speaker Jeremy Marchant-Forde, research animal scientist with the USDA Livestock Behavior Research