Farmscape for April 20, 2017
The Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork says the update of Canada's on farm food safety and animal care program incorporates the latest research and technology.
The Canadian Pork Council is engaged in pilot testing on over 80 farms across Canada of the PigSafe and PigCare components of Canadian Pork Excellence, the Canadian pork industry's new on farm food safety and animal care assurance program.
Mark Fynn, the Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork, told those on hand earlier this month for Manitoba Pork's Annual General Meeting the goal is to make sure the program is as up to date on new research, new expectations and new technologies as possible when it comes to food safety and, on the animal care side of things, that the program incorporates public expectations laid out in the Code of Practice delivered in 2014.
Clip-Mark Fynn-Manitoba Pork:
We're putting a lot more emphasis on training in the new program to make sure that program expectations are really well understood and that they're understood from the barn manager level all the way down to staff that are implementing those expectations.
On the food safety side of things there's a few new improvements that are being made to the program in the draft phase and on the animal care side we're incorporating the Code of Practice requirements in there and making sure that we're assessing on all those Code of Practice requirements.
One of the major things that we're doing on that side of things is we're making sure that the validators, who are usually veterinarians, are really looking at the animals and providing feedback to the producers on those animals and making sure that everything is in good condition.
It's one of those situations where the proof is in the pudding.
If the animals look good, usually there's really good management on farm.
Fynn says the pilot project will wrap up in May and feedback will be collected to see what producers and validators liked about the program, where they see room for improvement and suggestions then final revisions will be made and the program will hopefully be rolled out this fall.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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