Common Swine Industry Audit

Over the past few years, many packers have initiated a Third Party auditing requirement for your farms marketing swine to them. These programs are intended to assure consumers that the animals that produce their pork are well cared for throughout their lives. To prevent complications to farms of having to comply with multiple auditing programs, the National Pork Board (NPB) announced an effort to work with packers to create a common swine audit in June 2014.   The NPB wanted a credible, affordable solution to assure on-farm animal well-being. The common audit can be found on the NPB website. The purpose of this is to be proactive and help verify that the pork industry’s approved animal well-being  standards are followed. This will be a point-in-time snapshot of your farm by an independent party and there is no educational component to it. There will be 4 focal areas; including records, animals, facilities, and caretakers. It is based on a points scale for pass and fail. There are a few critical failure points around animal welfare, which means if the auditor sees any willfull acts of abuse or improper euthanasia, your farm will fail the audit. Please take a look at the requirements. Four Star has partnered with Kari Steele to work with you and your farms to prepare prior to these audits. She will go through all of the paperwork with you and your employees, looking for areas of improvement to help insure that your farm will pass these audits. Please contact your Four Star veterinary office to set up an appointment with Kari.