Some major U.S. pork processors, including Hormel, have recently required that Pork Quality Assurance Plus Site Status must be achieved to fulfill purchasing terms for market hogs. Site Status is achieved through completion of an on-farm site assessment with a trained PQA Plus Advisor.

To help pork production owners, managers and employees prepare for a sit e assessment, a simulation of a PQA Plus Site Assessments will be March 27 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn. The demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude with lunch at noon.

The event hosts are the Minnesota Pork Board and University of Minnesota.

The goal of PQA Plus Site Status designation is to assure consumers that pork producers, including owners, managers and employees practice high quality animal care and perform the management practices taught during individual PQA Plus certifications.

At the mock assessment, participants will walk through the university’s swine research facilities with a trained PQA Plus Advisor who will explain what's involved in preparing for an assessment, the site assessment procedure, time requirements for the assessment and the PQA Plus Advisor and farm manager/owner’s role during the on-site evaluation process.

Participation in the simulated PQA Plus site assessment is free. To pre-register, e-mail or call (800) 537-7675.

For biosecurity purposes, a 24-hour downtime is required by the University of Minnesota prior to entering the swine research facilities.

Source: Minnesota Pork Board