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Sask Pork ushers in two new members to Board of Directors

Sask Pork has introduced its 2023-2025 Board of Directors. Acclaimed in October, the new Board was officially introduced at Sask Pork’s Annual General Meeting on November 8, 2023 in Saskatoon.

Board of Directors members are: John Beckton (Brock Stock Farm Ltd.); Jason Hofer (Spring Lake Farming Co. Ltd); Dickson Gould (The Progressive Group of Companies Inc.); Daryl Possberg (Polar Pork Farms); Toby Tschetter (Star City Farming); and Darrin Duell (Olymel).

The new Board gathered for the first time on Monday where the new executives were elected. Toby Tschetter will resume as elected Chairman, Daryl Possberg takes over as Vice-Chair and John Beckton remains as Audit Chair.

Sask Pork General Manager Mark Ferguson said he is excited to work with this new Board.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside these members to build on what we’ve already accomplished and push forward on new and exciting ventures that will have positive impacts on the pork industry,” Ferguson said.

“We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Casey Smit and Jay McGrath for their hard work and contribution to the industry as Sask Pork Board members,” he added.

Sask Pork represents the province’s hog farmers who market over 2 million hogs annually. The pork industry is committed to being a preferred supplier of high quality, competitively priced pork products and swine genetics for the global marketplace.

Working on behalf of producers, Sask Pork focuses on issues important to long term production and sustainability including on-farm food safety, animal care, swine research and environmental matters, product promotion and consumer education.  Saskatchewan’s hog industry accounts for thousands of direct and indirect jobs and contributes significantly to the local economy in both rural and urban areas.
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Source : Saskpork

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Join Jill Brokaw, a third-generation pig farmer and staff member of the National Pork Board, as she dives into the vital role of the US Swine Health Improvement Plan, also known as US SHIP. The program establishes a national playbook of standards for monitoring African swine fever and classical swine fever.

Why Should Pork Producers Care? If a disease breaks out, officials will establish a control area to help contain the disease. This plan is designed to mitigate risk and demonstrate freedom of disease at the site level. The goal is to support business continuity outside of the control area in case of an outbreak.

How Will the Pork Industry Use US SHIP? US SHIP uses already existing programs to support the standards for biosecurity, traceability and disease surveillance.

Biosecurity: This plan uses your completed Secure Pork Supply plan to demonstrate compliance with the biosecurity program standards and shows your ability to reduce the risk of disease introduction.

Traceability: AgView can be used to demonstrate compliance with the traceability standards and the ability to electronically provide State and Federal agencies the traceability information they need to determine where disease is and isn’t.

Disease Surveillance: The Certified Swine Sampler Collector Program helps expand the number of people certified to take samples. In the event of a large-scale foreign animal disease outbreak, we will need a trained group of sample collectors to help animal health officials find where the disease is present. This is to help you demonstrate freedom of disease and support the permitted movement of animals.

Getting Started with US SHIP:

1. Enroll in U.S. Swine Health Improvement Plan

2. Share 30 days of movement data

3. Have a completed Secure Pork Supply Plan

4. Become U.S. SHIP certified

5. Maintain communication with your state

Takeaway: U.S. Swine Health Improvement Plan helps safeguard animal health. Together, we're creating a sustainable future for pork production in the United States and taking steps to strengthen the business of U.S. pork producers everywhere