Moving the Needle on Pig Survivability

Pork producers pride themselves on productivity, and over the years, their efforts to improve it have paid dividends. Pig farmers send more hogs to market faster and at heavier weights than ever before resulting in more pounds of pork per sow per year. From 2003 to 2013, pigs per litter increased an average of 1.4 […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – November 2017

Inside: How to improve pig survivability on your farm. This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen, • Contributing Editors: Mike King and Marlys Miller • Art Director: Chris Oldt

Be Proactive about Farm Safety

by Jan Miller Jan Miller, chair of the Pork Checkoff Producer/Public Health and Workplace Safety Committee, Belden, Nebraska Safety is one of the non-negotiables in pork production and also is a never-ending learning process. As pork producers continually adapt to new technology, research and innovations, it’s important that safety remains a focus. On our farm, […]

Protect Your Hearing

by Carrie Webster Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises is another key safety concern for America’s pork producers and one where prevention can pay big dividends. Loud noises, or “auditory hazards,” are found in every phase of pork production. An auditory hazard zone exists during any phase of pork production where noise levels are […]

Prevent the No. 1 Cause of Worker Injuries

Animal handling is the leading cause of worker injuries on pig farms. This includes moving pigs from gestation to farrowing, moving sows to breeding at weaning, loading and unloading trailers, and treating and vaccinating pigs in open pens. “Learning how pigs perceive and react to their environment in these situations can help producers become more […]

Breathe Easier: Be Safe

by Carrie Webster It is crucial to your health that you have a complete understanding of all of the possible gases you could be exposed to on the farm. In hog barns, there are two forms of respiratory hazards – long-term or chronic and acute or immediate. An acute hazard makes people sick immediately upon exposure. […]

Avoid Needle Sticks

Sticking yourself with a needle is common injury on hog farms, but one that can be avoided. Just how common is it? More than 80 percent of U.S. farm workers in animal agriculture have accidentally stuck themselves with a needle while vaccinating animals (including pigs), according to the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center […]

Make Safety a Priority

by Carrie Webster Pigs are unpredictable. Barn conditions can change without notice, and farm workers can be distracted. All of these are why making safety a priority on your farm is so important. Having safety practices in place and knowing what to do at the right time can help pork producers avoid injury and minimize […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – September 2017

Inside: Safety tips to help protect you, your workers and your pigs. This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen • Contributing Editor: Carrie Webster • Art Director: Chris Oldt

On-Farm Biosecurity Is Moving Target

by Russ Nugent Pork producers are an adaptive bunch, always on the lookout for new ideas and advancements, which is certainly the case when it comes on-farm biosecurity. Whether it’s establishing visitor protocols or creating a line of separation, biosecurity continues to evolve. “On the farm, be sure biosecurity procedures are not only in place, […]