We Care: The We Care® ethical principles are now the chapters of this program and the ten Good Production Practices (GPPs) are sub-chapters.
Good Production Practices: The GPPs were reorganized and structured to better fit a consistent flow of materials for the caretaker that align with daily tasks formed from the We Care ethical principles. Now, the program takes you from the farm entrance (Biosecurity, etc); into the barn (work with vets, records, animals, caretakers, safety and environment); and then finishing with the community (volunteering, etc).
Testing: To be certified in PQA Plus, participants will be required to pass a test including questions related to 10 Good Production Practices (GPPs). Participants must achieve a passing score by missing no more than three of the 25 questions.
Online Certification: Producers may continue to renew their certifications online through the new interactive learning modules. The online training is divided into 14 individual modules that range from 2-14 minutes each.
Site Assessment: The PQA Plus site assessment, which aligns with the Common Swine Industry Audit, helps prepare producers for third party auditors. The assessment covers animals, facilities, caretakers and records which highlight the 27 key aspects of swine care and pre-harvest pork safety for all phases of production.
Trainers/Advisors Certifications: During face-to-face training of Trainers and Advisors, more extensive instructions and information will be shared to increase farmer interaction during PQA Plus training.
SOP: Flexibility to the certification program allows for customization for larger systems to add in the company’s SOPs.
Antibiotics: To help producers prepare for the implementation of FDA guidance 209 and 213, a 12-page Antibiotics Resource guide, and extended video coverage are included in this version of PQA Plus.
1. Establish Herd Health Management Plan2. Correctly Store and Administer Animal Health Products
3. Ensure Safe, Wholesome Pork Products
4. Follow proper feed processing and feed biosecurity protocols
5. Provide Proper Care for the Pigs
6. Provide Proper Care When Handling and Transporting the Pig
7. Protect Swine and Public Health
8. Maintain Proper Workplace Safety
9. Practice Good Environmental Stewardship
10. Participate in Your Community