Pork producers and livestock transporters can earn their individual certifications for Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance at free trainings on Nov. 16. The sessions will be held at the AmericInn, 1406 East Lyon Street, Marshall, Minn. The PQA Plus training will run from 10 a.m. to Noon, with the TQA training taking place from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

To assure adequate seating and materials, preregistration is strongly encouraged. To preregister, call the Minnesota Pork Board office at (800) 537-7675 or e-mail colleen@mnpork.com. When preregistering, provide your name, address, telephone number and e-mail, if available.

PQA Plus is required as a condition of sale by nearly all packers for those individuals who provide daily care of pigs, such as owners, managers and employees. The PQA Plus training also describes the site assessment process and how to achieve PQA Plus Site Status. The minimum age for PQA Plus certification eligibility is 14 years old.

Packers also increasingly require that drivers delivering hogs to the plant, as well as on-farm animal handlers be TQA certified.

Pork producers can check their PQA Plus and TQA certification status by calling the National Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675. Contact your hog buyer/packer for the specific PQA Plus certification, PQA Plus Site Status and TQA certification requirements.

PQA Plus and TQA trainings are hosted by the Minnesota Pork Board, National Pork Checkoff and University of Minnesota Extension Swine Team. For additional training locations and dates check MPB's website.


Source: Minnesota Pork Board