Pork Quality Assurance class offered at SDSU Extension
March 27, 2014
Swine producers and employees looking to certify or renew their Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance certifications will have an opportunity April 17, 2014 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Watertown (1910 W. Kemp Ave).
The Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) begins at 1 p.m. and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) begins at 3 p.m.
PQA Plus was built as a continuous improvement program that emphasizes good management practices in the handling and use of animal health products and encourages producers to review their approach to their herd's health problems. PQA Plus is a workable, credible and affordable solution to assure food safety and animal care to help meet the needs of customers including restaurants, food retailers, and consumers. A PQA Plus certification assures consumers they are purchasing the highest quality, safest product possible while caring for animal well-being. By completing this program, producers demonstrate their commitment to quality assured pork production. The PQA Plus program achieves it goals through producer training by a certified PQA Plus advisor, an objective assessment of on-farm animal well-being, and a PQA Plus survey designed to evaluate the implementation of PQA Plus in the industry.
TQA is program for swine transporters, producers, and handlers to better understand how to properly handle, move, and transport various sizes of pigs. This program also allows for those moving pigs to see the potential impacts of those actions on pork quality and pig well-being.
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Producers and employees looking for more information and to pre-register for this free class may contact Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension State Swine Specialist at 605-688-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. F