Be Proactive about Farm Safety

by Jan Miller Jan Miller, chair of the Pork Checkoff Producer/Public Health and Workplace Safety Committee, Belden, Nebraska Safety is one of the non-negotiables in pork production and also is a never-ending learning process. As pork producers continually adapt to new technology, research and innovations, it’s important that safety remains a focus. On our farm, […]

Protect Your Hearing

by Carrie Webster Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises is another key safety concern for America’s pork producers and one where prevention can pay big dividends. Loud noises, or “auditory hazards,” are found in every phase of pork production. An auditory hazard zone exists during any phase of pork production where noise levels are […]

Prevent the No. 1 Cause of Worker Injuries

Animal handling is the leading cause of worker injuries on pig farms. This includes moving pigs from gestation to farrowing, moving sows to breeding at weaning, loading and unloading trailers, and treating and vaccinating pigs in open pens. “Learning how pigs perceive and react to their environment in these situations can help producers become more […]

Breathe Easier: Be Safe

by Carrie Webster It is crucial to your health that you have a complete understanding of all of the possible gases you could be exposed to on the farm. In hog barns, there are two forms of respiratory hazards – long-term or chronic and acute or immediate. An acute hazard makes people sick immediately upon exposure. […]

Avoid Needle Sticks

Sticking yourself with a needle is common injury on hog farms, but one that can be avoided. Just how common is it? More than 80 percent of U.S. farm workers in animal agriculture have accidentally stuck themselves with a needle while vaccinating animals (including pigs), according to the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center […]

Make Safety a Priority

by Carrie Webster Pigs are unpredictable. Barn conditions can change without notice, and farm workers can be distracted. All of these are why making safety a priority on your farm is so important. Having safety practices in place and knowing what to do at the right time can help pork producers avoid injury and minimize […]

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – September 2017

Inside: Safety tips to help protect you, your workers and your pigs. This special-topic newsletter is sent periodically to you by the Pork Checkoff. Editor: Jan Jorgensen • Contributing Editor: Carrie Webster • Art Director: Chris Oldt

On-Farm Biosecurity Is Moving Target

by Russ Nugent Pork producers are an adaptive bunch, always on the lookout for new ideas and advancements, which is certainly the case when it comes on-farm biosecurity. Whether it’s establishing visitor protocols or creating a line of separation, biosecurity continues to evolve. “On the farm, be sure biosecurity procedures are not only in place, […]

Monitor Transport Practices

Organisms that cause disease in pigs, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, can survive in a range of materials, so they can easily hitch a ride and spread disease. Organic matter (shavings, manure), feed, water, mud and snow can all transfer diseases from site to site. “While we don’t have all the answers, research has […]

Build a Biosecurity Culture

The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training are essential, protocols must be executed properly and consistently. To build a biosecurity culture on the farm, everyone on your farm must understand why certain procedures matter and the potential fallout if they aren’t followed. Here are some actions to consider: Follow Biosecurity […]