Pork Checkoff and Partners Address Handling and Transportation of Pigs, Forum to Precede World Pork Expo.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 – The Pork Checkoff, National Hog Farmer magazine, the National Pork Producers Council, NutriDense, Newsham Choice Genetics, Pfizer Animal Health and Farm Credit Services of America have partnered to sponsor the Swine Handling and Transport Forum on the eve of the 2009 World Pork Expo, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa.

The forum will provide producers, swine handlers and transporters with information regarding the management of pigs before, during and after transportation, with a strong emphasis on animal well-being.  The forum will convene pork producers, their employees, livestock haulers and the industry’s customers to discuss current issues in the handling and movement of pigs.  A glimpse into Europe’s experience with the increased regulation of animal transportation will also be provided.

The June 2 program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to register to attend the forum, but on-site registrations will be accepted.

Online forum information and registration is available on pork.org.  Registrations also are accepted by telephone dialing (800) 456-PORK, via facsimile at (515) 223 2646 and by U.S. mail to the Pork Checkoff’s offices in Clive, Iowa.  A registration form must be completed for each participant.  The form is available online at pork.org, and following the Swine Handling and Transport Forum link.  Cost per participant is $60.00.  Registrants signing up before June 1 will be guaranteed a meal and all forum materials.

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Pork Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in consumer education and marketing, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety, and environmental management and sustainability. For the past half century, the U.S. pork industry has delivered on its commitment to sustainable production and has made significant strides in reducing the environmental impact of pig farming. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or visit www.pork.org.