By Carrie Webster

Multiple PQA Plus® Renewals to Debut this Summer

An updated version of the Checkoff’s Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program will debut at World Pork Expo 2019. The new version will feature two certification options – first-time and renewal. The first-time certification provides new caretakers with the basic knowledge and skill set of the core content needed to be successful in the industry. The renewal certification allows experienced caretakers to renew on a scenario-based setting with an advisor or by using a fast-track presentation.

In the new version, advisors can customize a portion of the training to fit the caretaker or group based on experience and skills that need to be refreshed. Additional content is available for advisors to focus on particular areas of production.

Updated Resources Provide Consistent Training

The Pork Checkoff recently updated several online producer resources to help answer common questions and to prepare producers for future on-farm events. They are available in both English and Spanish.

Available are two online training modules:

  • The Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) online module will help farmers prepare for an audit of their farm. While the site assessment is an additional stepping stone to the CSIA, the module provides a consistent training for all employees across any system.
  • The euthanasia training module also provides consistency for all producers. The module includes a description of the various euthanasia methods and directions for developing an action plan. By being consistent, the industry sets a high standard for animal care.
  • The updated Swine Care Handbook, which can be downloaded, serves as a reference for both animal care and facility maintenance.

All of these resources are available at: