The National Pork Board is offering six Transport Quality Assurance advisor training workshops in 2009. The workshops will take place in Iowa and in Minnesota. TQA training workshops are intended for individuals who want to train and certify producers, transporters and animal handlers in TQA.
TQA certification of transporters delivering hogs is required by major packers in the United States. The program focuses on promoting the well-being of pigs during moving and transport, and on improving the quality of pork and pork products.
By successfully completing the workshop, attendees can become certified as TQA advisors capable of offering TQA training and certification to producers, handlers and transporters. The workshops include a detailed review of program components, review of issues facing transporters and pork producers in today's industry and provide teaching materials and teaching tools that will facilitate the transfer of information to future TQA certified individuals.
For a list of the locations and dates for the meetings, click here. Questions regarding TQA or the workshops can be directed to the NPB at (800) 456-7675.