The National Pork Checkoff reports that 92% of all U.S. swine premises now have a nationally standardized premises identification number. This figure represents 65,907 premises. Nearly half of these farms were registered over the last three years in conjunction with a cooperative agreement between the pork industry and USDA.
Jim Niewold, a pork producer from Loda, Illinois, and chair of the Checkoff's Swine Health Committee and member of the industry's Swine ID Implementation Task Force, says while this is an important milestone, and one to be proud of, the job is not finished until there is 100% participation.
Gene Nemechek, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Arkansas, and president of the National Pork Board, says the nationally standardized PIN is the cornerstone for more rapid and accurate traceability, which supports a faster response to animal-health events from the farm level on up.
"It has already proven to be useful in states assisting pork producers in a weather disaster," Nemechek said. "That's why we urge all producers to make this a priority and participate in premises identification."