Calling on U.S. pork industry stakeholders — the USDA wants your input. The goal is to develop objectives for the fifth national swine study to be conducted by USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System in collaboration with the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

“Pork producer input is essential if we are to address specific needs and information gaps of those involved in swine production and research,” says Eric Bush, DVM, NAHMS swine commodity specialist. 

The NAHMS studies provide stakeholders in private and public sectors with valuable information on disease occurrence, exposure to disease agents, management practices, productivity, knowledge gaps and other important topics of concern to U.S. livestock industries.

As with the four previous NAHMS national swine studies, NAHMS Swine 2012 will be national in scope, collaborative in nature and voluntary. Data collected during the study will be strictly confidential and used to generate scientifically based and statistically valid national estimates, which will be used for education, research and policy development, Bush notes.

Once the 2012 study is complete, pork producers and other industry partners will be able to access the results to gain perspective on the industry and for their own use in planning and comparisons. Results from previous NAHMS national swine studies are available at http://tinyurl.com/3vtkw4r.

So to participate, all you have to do is complete the short needs-assessment questionnaire between April 1 and June 30, which you can access at http://nahms.aphis.usda.gov/survey_monkey.