This year, SDSU Extension is providing training to help producers prepare for the Common Swine Industry Audit as well as quarterly regional trainings throughout the state for South Dakota pork producers to receive their Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) PLUS and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certifications.
Since 1989 the Pork Quality Assurance PLUS program has assisted producers in producing safe and nutritious pork in a humane and environmentally sustainable manner.Many individual packers have also created their own audit programs to augment PQA PLUS. However in 2014, to avoid duplication of packer audits, the National Pork board and various industry leaders created the new Common Swine Industry Audit.
"To respond to this new audit process, SDSU Extension is hosting these trainings to ensure producers are completely prepared for the audit process on their farms," said Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate.
Common Swine Industry Audit training to be held Jan 19 & Feb. 11
The Common Swine Industry Audit training will be held January 19, 2016 in Mitchell at the SDSU Extension Regional Center (1800 E. Spruce St) from 2 to 4 p.m. and February 11, 2016 in Redfield at Leo's Good Food (602 N Main St) from 2 to 4 p.m.
Registration for these trainings is due the day before training and is $40. Payment will be collected at the training; cash or checks will be accepted.
This new two-hour training program covers everything a producer will need to successfully complete the audit. Participants will receive a 3-ring binder with the templates and examples of all the records, SOPs, etc. that they will have to provide to the auditor.
Producers will learn what things the auditor will be evaluating on the walk-through, and what is acceptable and unacceptable. Like PQA PLUS, the Common Swine Industry Audit emphasizes food safety and animal well-being, but it goes much more in-depth on many of the criteria.
While a voluntary program, most packers are requiring producers to take part in the Common Swine Industry Audit program.
PQA & TQA training dates
PQA PLUS training dates: No Registration Fee
- April 7 - Aberdeen @ Extension Regional Center, 1-3pm
- July 6 - Mitchell @ Extension Regional Center, 1-3pm
- October 13 - St. Lawrence @ Willies Bar & Grill, 1-3pm
TQA training dates: No Registration Fee
- April 7 - Aberdeen @ Extension Regional Center, 3-5pm
- July 6 - Mitchell @ Extension Regional Center, 3-5pm
- October 13 - St. Lawrence @ Willie's Bar & Grill, 3-5pm
To register for a training or for more information, please contact Heidi Carrollby phone at605.688.6623 or by email,or Bob Thaler, by email or by phone at605.688.5435 and let them know which site you'd like to attend.