Do pig farmers undergo any training in their profession?

Farmers are dedicated to providing the highest animal care and producing the highest quality food possible. Because of these commitments, farmers want to demonstrate the best possible practices on their farms. Like consumers, they too need to provide their families with nutritious food.

Pig farmers actively engage with the scientific community, government agencies and food chain partners to create credible programs and stringent policies that advance pork safety, such as:

Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) – a one of the pork industry’s most successful efforts and a model program in animal agriculture. Through PQA Plus, farmers leverage best practices in food safety, animal care, public health, worker safety and the environment. They also participate in on-farm assessments to identify strengths and enhancement areas.

Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) – helps pig transporters, farmers and handlers understand how to handle, move and transport pigs, as well as the potential impacts on pig well-being and pork quality.