The National Pork Board agreed at its March 3 meeting to approve $135,000 in checkoff funding to help meet industry pork quality needs. 

Strategies for this supplemental funding include: Utilizing experts and advisory groups to identify opportunities based on quality; identifying ways producers can affect meat quality during production and transport; and further evaluating the relationship between physiological characteristics of muscle and meat quality. 

This work will be directed by the newly developed Animal Science Committee, which includes producers and animal scientists, will oversee programs closely related to on-farm production.

The committee will direct research and programming in animal science-related issues, such as pork quality, sow longevity, nutritional alternatives to antimicrobials, and genetic resistance to disease.

National Pork Board