Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 7th at 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT for an educational webinar brought to you by the Pork Checkoff — How to Prevent Broken Needles: Protecting People, Pigs and Pork.
This fact-filled, hour-long webinar, in collaboration with National Hog Farmer, will offer keen insights into why it’s so critical to prevent broken needles from happening on the farm and the potential consequences if we don’t. As an added bonus, one of the country’s largest pork packers will also provide their insights into this important issue. Webinar participants will also be able to pose questions before the session wraps up. Register here at no cost.
Speakers will include:
Laura Bachmeier, Director of Pork Safety, National Pork Board
Laura will provide participants with a quick overview of how the Pork Checkoff has funded research into this area over the years and why it’s so important to stay vigilant about preventing broken needles in pigs. Whether it’s focusing on better injection techniques or simply adhering to the letter of Pork Quality Assurance® Plus management practices, she will help provide a solid rationale on why this part of production must not be overlooked.
Dr. Steven Hoff, Professor of Ag and Biosystems Engineering,
Iowa State University
Steve will discuss his research into needle strength, sharpness retention, and how detectable broken needles really are in packing plants. His expertise in this area should help producers understand how important it is to not only use the right needle size, but also always be mindful of how long any needle can withstand typical use in today’s herds. While packers and processors may be improving their ability to detect broken needles in carcasses, he will tell you why it’s critical to prevent breakage from occurring at the farm level.
Emily Erickson, Animal Well-Being and Quality Assurance Manager, New Fashion Pork, Jackson, MN
Emily helps bring the practical, on-farm aspect of proper needle/injection management to this webinar. As she is in charge of overseeing the animal well-being and pork safety at New Fashion Pork, it’s her passion to help train all employees in the best practices of injection methods that make it better for people, pigs and the pork that goes to consumers. She will inspire you to re-evaluate your on-farm, broken-needle prevention protocols.
A Packer’s Perspective
A representative from a major U.S. packer will be making a few key comments near the end of the webinar that will bring a unique perspective into this real-world issue. A Q&A session will follow.