Swine producers and employees looking to certify or renew their Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) certifications will have an opportunity Jan. 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall (3200 W. Maple St.,) during the South Dakota Pork Congress.
PQA Plus is 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 explained, Ashley Gelderman, SDSU Extension Swine Field Specialist.
"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," Gelderman said.
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.
Producers and employees looking for more information may contact Gelderman at 605-782-3290 or Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension State Swine Specialist at 605-688-5435.