As part of its eight key commitments to animal well-being, Cargill Pork held a live accident response training at its pork processing plant in Ottumwa, Iowa. In attendance were deputy sheriffs from Wapello, Washington and Mahaska counties. Also involved were representatives from Veenstra, Masterson and Eichelberger trucking companies, and 13 TriOak Foods pork producers from multiple counties in Iowa.
The training, led by Jennifer Woods, a renowned expert in accident response, included classroom instruction in behavior and handling of stressed swine, responding to live-haul incidents, barn fires and weather related disasters, security, public perception, and most importantly, euthanasia training. To date, Cargill has trained 77 employees to handle incidents involving swine.
“Cargill is proud to be working with local authorities, live-haul trucking firms and our producers in this important initiative,” said Wendy Baker, manager of animal welfare at the Ottumwa plant. “This event marks a milestone in the industry, as everyone is involved in improving the well-being of animals from the farm to transport to the plant. When we work together, we can ensure that if and when a rollover accident occurs, we all will do the right thing to respond to the situation.”