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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Guidelines from the North American Meat Institute, including seven areas to consider when auditing plant receiving practices discussed by Collette Kaster at the Pig Welfare Symposium.
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
With lameness as one of the top reasons for culling sows, the topic was the focus of several presenters. Magnus Campler, of The Ohio State University, shared with those in the audience that more research is needed.