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Groups Agree Need For Effective Trace Back

by 5m Editor
2 July 2006, at 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Swine health and the ability to quickly identify the origin of an animal with a disease are priorities for North American pork producers, industry representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada recently agreed, reports NPPC.

Producer leaders from the Canadian Pork Council, the Mexican Pork Association and the National Pork Producers Council met recently in San Francisco to discuss the progress made in each country in implementing a swine identification system, to identify and address ID program compatibility issues between each country and to examine possible synergies between programs that will lead to an effective response in the event of an animal disease outbreak in North America.

The groups also agreed that their countries’ ID systems should have similarities to increase trace back efficiency, that producers in each nation should be made aware of program standards and of how important it is to the North American pork industry to be diligent in the implementation process and that each country should move as rapidly as possible to enhance current trace back standards.

“Having effective swine ID systems will benefit pork producers throughout North America,” said NPPC President Joy Philippi, a pork producer from Bruning, Neb. “The industry organizations from each country are working together and with producers to develop and implement systems that will protect the pork industry.”

“Cooperation among our countries’ pork industries with regard to our ID systems is imperative if we are to maintain North America’s strong health herd status,” said Clare Schlegel, president of the Canadian Pork Council.

The U.S. pork industry has had since 1988 an effective swine ID system modeled after the one used in the successful Pseudorabies Eradication Program. NPPC and the National Pork Board are working to enhance that system. Among the improvements:
  • Mandatory premises registration, which includes owner and location data, by 2007.
  • Mandatory animal IDs for groups/lots by 2008.
  • Mandatory individual animal IDs for market breeding swine and show pigs by 2008.
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