Fact Sheets and Brochures
The Pork Checkoff has produced dozens of fact sheet and brochure resources to share results of Checkoff-funded research and other program information.
Fact Sheets and Brochures
The Barn Culture resource provides information and templates to help producers effectively recruit, develop, train and retain employees and to create a positive Barn Culture while inspiring professionalism.
Benchmarking Employee Safety
Know where your farm’s safety record ranks in comparison with your peers by using the Benchmarking Employee Safety tool. Compare your operation with the top 25 percent and identify ways to enhance safety on your farm and focus on continuous improvement.
Common Swine Industry Audit
This tool provides clarity to producers about audit standards and expectations and ensures greater integrity of the audit process through consistent application. The Common Swine Industry Audit ultimately provides consumers greater assurance of the care taken by farmers and pork processors to improve animal well-being and food safety.
Emergency Action Plan
Employee Safety Toolkit
Environmental Sustainability Toolkit
Farm-Level Crisis Plan
The Pork Checkoff has developed human resource tools that may assist you as you develop a caretaker hiring process that includes informing your prospective employees about your organization’s values and policies.
Locate an Advisor or Trainer
Locate a trainer or advisor for PQA Plus or TQA for face-to-face or online training access.
Be prepared to answer production-related questions in your community with Neighbor-to-Neighbor training. Farm owners, employees and contract growers will feel empowered to address questions from their neighbors about issues concerning animal care, antibiotics, the environment, industry structure and pork nutrition and health. You must be certified in PQA Plus to participate in this training.
Raised Without Antibiotics Self-Assessment Tool
Safe Pig Handling
A training program that focuses on how the pig perceives and reacts to its world and how to become a more effective handler. The safe pig handling program will help create a safer environment for both pigs and people.
Safe Pig Handling 2
Safe Pig Handling 2 adds to the library of safe pig handling topics that will create a safer environment for people and pigs. This resource includes safe animal handling in Group Sow Housing, Heat Checking and Breeding, Semen Collection and Boar Studs, and Vaccinating and Treating.
Sow Housing How-To Guides
Sow Housing Management
There are many factors that contribute to the success of a particular type of housing system but none more so than the caretakers’ husbandry skills. Each sow gestation housing design has unique features that require special daily management considerations. These sow housing management guides have been developed for the six most common housing designs for gestating sows and include a management guide, daily observation checklist and troubleshooting scenarios.
Sow Housing Options
There are many sow housing design options for housing gestating sows and each of these options has advantages and disadvantages. Review these factors that can impact the success of any housing system design as you consider the appropriate system for your sows.