Common Swine Industry Audit training sessions offered

Common Swine Industry Audit training sessions offered

Tyler Bettin, State Public Policy Director
(800) 372-7675,


Common Swine Industry Audit training sessions offered
(CLIVE, Iowa) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine field specialists to offer free training and preparation sessions aimed at helping Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA).

Session attendees will have an opportunity to walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms, compliments of IPPA, IPIC and the Pork Checkoff.

Training session dates, times and registration information.

Date City Location and Address Time To register, contact:
Wed., February 3 Estherville Estherville Library – 613 Central Ave. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196
Fri., Feburary 5 Cherokee Cherokee County Extension Office – 209 Centennial Dr. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196
Tues, March 1 Knoxville Marion County Extension Office – 210 N. Iowa St. Knoxville 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Colin Johnson – (515) 291-9287 or
Wed., March 2 Orange City Sioux County Extension Office – 400 N. Central Ave. #700 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196
Wed., March 2 Marshalltown IVCE Business & Tech Center – 102 College Dr. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Colin Johnson – (515) 291-9287 or
Mon., March 7 Washington Washington County Extension – 2223 250th St. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Washington County Extension – (319) 653-4811 or
Fri., March 11 Tipton Cedar County Extension Office – 107 Cedar St. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cedar County Extension – (563) 886-6157 or
Tues., March 15 Williamsburg Iowa County Extension Office – 223 West Welsh Street 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Iowa County Extension – (319) 668-1052 or
Thurs., March 17 Monticello Jones County Extension Office – 800 N. Maple St. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jones County Extension – (319) 465-3224
Wed., March 23 Garner Hancock County Extension Office – 327 W. 8th St. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hancock County Extension – (641) 923-2856 or
Thurs., March 24 Webster City Hamilton County Extension Office – 311 Bank St. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hamilton County Extension – (515) 832-9597 or
Thurs., March 24 Glenwood Mills County Extension Office – 430 1st Street 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mills County Extension – (712) 527-3316
Thurs., March 24 Van Horne Van Horne Community Center – 500 First Ave. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Benton County Extension – (319) 472-4739
Tues., March 29 Sac City Sac City Extension Office – 620 Park Ave. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196
Tues., March 29 Carroll Carroll County Extension Office – 1205 W Hwy 30 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Carroll County Extension – (712) 792-2364
Wed., March 30 Osceola Americ Inn – 111 Ariel Circle 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Clarke County Extension – (641) 342-3316
Thurs., March 31 Cresco Howard County Extension Office – 132 1st Ave. W. 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Howard County Extension – (563) 547-3001
Tues., June 7 Le Mars Plymouth County Extension Office – 24 1st. St. NW #1 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196
Tues., June 14 Washington Washington County Extension Office – 2223 250th St. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Washington County Extension – (319) 653-4811 or
Wed., July 6 Sibley Osceola Community Hospital Wellness Center – 600 9th Ave. N. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cherokee County Extension – (712) 225-6196

Sessions are limited to 15 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional sessions and locations may be scheduled based on demand. Pre-registration is required and producers are encouraged to commit their attendance, if registering, to ensure effective utilization of the limited space.

It’s recommended that producers limit the number of attendees from their farms, or work together at the meetings, to allow for adequate room and materials. Those working with multiple farm-sites or producers should consider sending field staff or individuals that can maximize meeting effectiveness and outreach. A limited number of computers will be provided for attendees. Attendees with their own laptop computers are encouraged to bring them to the sessions. Producers are reminded to be cognizant of biosecurity and attend the meetings in clean street clothes and footwear.

“We are fortunate to have strong swine resources and outreach from Iowa State University to allow for collaboration on these educational opportunities,” said IPPA President Dave Struthers. “These training sessions and the common audit will continue to demonstrate our industry’s commitment to continuous improvement, social responsibility and production of safe pork.”

At the 2013 National Pork Industry Forum, a producer-directed resolution charged the National Pork Board with exploring a credible, affordable solution to assure on-farm animal well-being while reducing burdens of multiple audits and improving audit expectations and consistency. This spawned the Industry Audit Task Force, which included producers, veterinarians, animal scientists, retail and foodservice personnel and packer representatives. IPPA delegates passed a similar resolution at their annual meeting in January 2013.

The goal was to develop a consensus on consistent on-farm auditing standards using the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus and Transport Quality Assurance® programs as a foundation. The result is the Common Swine Industry Audit, which was announced at the 2014 World Pork Expo. It has been tested on farms and is now ready to be implemented by producers and packers across the country.

“The common audit incorporates scientific evidence, ethics and economics, which must be balanced for the pork industry to remain sustainable,” said Sherrie Webb, the Pork Checkoff’s animal welfare director. “As a third-party audit, it provides assurance of farmers’ and processors’ commitment to animal well-being and pre-harvest food safety.”

For more information, contact IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or e-mail