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SDSU Extension hosts swine transporter, producer training during 2023 Pork Congress

BROOKINGS, S.D. – SDSU Extension will help swine producers, transporters and handlers update their Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transportation Quality Assurance (TQA) training at the South Dakota Pork Producers Congress in Sioux Falls on Jan. 11, 2023.

The TQA training is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST and the PQA Plus training is from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. CST. Both trainings are free and will be held at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel and Exhibit Hall, 3200 W. Maple St.

TQA is a certification program that trains people in the swine industry how to handle, move and transport pigs. PQA Plus is an education and certification program designed to help pig farmers and their employees improve production practices. It addresses food and worker safety, animal well-being, environmental stewardship, public health and community. 

All swine caretakers must have a current PQA Plus Certification within 90 days of their new employment date. The events are also open to anyone interested in learning more about pork production. 

For more information, contact Ryan Samuel, Assistant Professor and SDSU Extension Swine Specialist.