The Pork Checkoff’s Needle Know-How initiative is a unique, positive approach to needle-related practices that gives today’s pig farmers and caretakers the information they need to help protect the safety of U.S. pork.

With the We CareSM ethical principles of food safety, animal welfare and our people at its core, Needle Know-How offers practical solutions for achieving continuous improvement on the farm, with an emphasis on how to properly administer injectable treatments to pigs.

Through its growing collection of user-friendly educational resources, Needle Know-How delivers useable information in a variety of ways and platforms that make sense for today’s farms, including digital and bilingual formats.

Whether it’s an experienced pig farmer or a new employee, Needle Know-How serves as both a reminder of best practices and an introduction to a higher level of on-farm professionalism that is expected in today’s industry.

Needle Know-How Educational Videos

Note: Videos are accessible for download by visiting the Pork Checkoff Digital Asset Library.

Educational Webinars

How to Prevent Broken Needles: Protecting People, Pigs and Pork (2017)
This webinar provides insight into why it’s so critical to prevent broken needles from happening on the farm–and the potential consequences if we don’t.

View recorded webinar

Needle Know-How (2018)

Speakers from various segments of the swine industry will enlighten producers, caretakers and vaccination crews with information on the 2019 needle campaign “Needle Know-How.”

View recorded webinar

Fact Sheets and Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) Pork Safety Forms Related to Needle-Use

Decision Tree Fact Sheets

Decision Tree Fact Sheets

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Injection Site Fact Sheet

Injection Site Fact Sheet

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Needles Size and Gauge Reference Chart

Needles Size and Gauge Reference Chart

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Needle Inventory Sheet

Needle Inventory Sheet

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Medication Individual or Pen Record Sheet

Medication Individual or Pen Record Sheet

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Resource Collection

Resource Collection

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Needle-Related Pork Safety Pork Checkoff-funded Research

#18-203 The development of on-farm and in-plant methods to eliminate needle hazards.

Investigator: Dr. Steven Hoff, Iowa State University

#13-055 Evaluating strength, sharpness, and detection of swine-use hypodermic needles.

Investigator: Dr. Steven Hoff, Iowa State University

#08-239 Incidence and severity of Arcanobacterium pyogenes injection site abscesses with needles or needle-free injection methods.

Investigator: Dr. Terry Houser, Kansas State University

#98-200 Comparing Japanese needle strength characteristics.

Investigator: Dr. Steven Hoff, Iowa State University