Producer leaders from the Canadian Pork Council, the Mexican Pork Association and the National Pork Producers Council agree that animal identification and trace back are key to securing the North American swineherd's health. The groups met in San Francisco to discuss each country's progress in implementing a swine identification system. They also discussed the ID programs' compatibility prospects and they plan to examine possible synergies between programs that could allow  an effective response in a North American animal disease outbreak.

Beyond the compatibility issue, the groups agreed that producers in each country should be informed on program standards, how important common efforts are to the North American pork industry and that each country should move rapidly to enhance current trace back standards.

“Having effective swine ID systems will benefit pork producers throughout North America,” says Joy Philippi, NPPC president,, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb. “The industry organizations from each country are working together and with producers to develop and implement systems that will protect the pork industry.”

“Cooperation among our countries’ pork industries with regard to ID systems is imperative if we are to maintain North America’s strong health-herd status,” said Clare Schlegel, president of the Canadian Pork Council.

The U.S. pork industry has had since 1988 a swine ID system modeled after the one used in the successful Pseudorabies Eradication Program. NPPC and the National Pork Board are working to enhance that system. Among the improvements:

  • Mandatory premises registration, which includes owner and location data, by 2007.
  • Mandatory animal IDs for groups/lots by 2008.
  • Mandatory individual animal IDs for market breeding swine and show pigs by 2008.

National Pork Producers Council.