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Responsible Antibiotic Use & Common Swine Industry Audit Workshops Planned

Two workshops are scheduled to help pork producers prepare for the upcoming antibiotic changes and the Common Swine Industry Audit.

  • November 10 – Mankato, Country Inn and Suites, 1900 Premier Drive
  • November 11 – Marshall, SMSU Conference Center, 1501 State Street
Responsible Antibiotic Use portion of the workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the Common Swine Industry Audit workshop will be from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at both locations.

No cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested online through Minnesota Pork Board to ensure adequate materials are available. Attendees can register for the entire day or for just the antibiotic update or common audit portion.

Jill Resler, Minnesota Pork Board Director of Education says, “During the antibiotic update portion of the workshop, experts and fellow pork producers will share their perspectives on the upcoming U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new regulation addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production that will come into effect January 1, 2017. Speakers will cover on-farm implementation strategies, the partnerships between feed suppliers, farmers and veterinarians and on-farm strategies to reduce antibiotic need.”

Sarah Schieck, U of MN Swine Extension Educator will conduct the Common Swine Industry Audit portion of the workshop. “The common audit portion of the workshop will go through the 92 questions of the audit tool, which includes records, documents, and standard operating procedures that need to be available for the audit,” says Schieck. Attendees will be provided with a binder and a flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms.

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