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USDA conducting two swine
surveys in North Carolina
NCPC ENCOURAGES FARMER PARTICIPATION

P

IG FARMERS IN NORTH CAROLINA MAY RECEIVE AN
invitation to participate in one of two surveys being
conducted by the USDA. The first, by USDA's National
Animal Health Monitoring System, aims to learn more about
on-farm antimicrobial use and related stewardship practices.
"As an industry, we welcome this latest effort by USDA to
get accurate information to the public about how America's
pig farmers actually use antibiotics," said Jan Archer, National
Pork Board president and Goldsboro pig farmer. "We've been
good stewards of antibiotics over the years by working with
our veterinarian partners and by following guidelines, such
as those in the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certification
program. Also, this survey will provide benchmark data that
can help our industry as we continue on our journey of continuous improvement."
The National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact
producers in 13 states who have at least 1,000 pigs, to ask
for their participation in the study. Later this summer, those
who agree to participate will meet with a veterinarian from
the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, who will
conduct the survey. Importantly, the NAHMS study will protect participants' privacy by not revealing names or contact
information associated with individual data.
Separately, the USDA-Animal Plant Health Inspection
Service is conducting an online survey as part of a pilot project to locate and utilize alternative surveillance streams for
swine brucellosis, especially for pigs raised outdoors. The
study comes after a human case of swine brucellosis was
diagnosed in New York earlier this year, where the infected
person had assisted with farrowing on a farm.

A comprehensive epidemiologic investigation was unable
to find an infected herd using current swine brucellosis surveillance methods.
To determine if efficient surveillance can be conducted
in the growing production system of pasture-raised pork, a
pilot project is being done in Veterinary Services District 1
to identify slaughter streams for pasture-raised pork, collect
samples from pigs of all ages from those slaughter sites, and
educate producers on brucellosis risks and biosecurity practices for pasture-raised pork.
Producers will be sent a link to a short, online survey in
emails or mailed letters. Initial emails/letters will include
information on the pilot project, including what happens if a
positive pig is detected at slaughter. At the conclusion of the
pilot project, a cost-benefit analysis will be done to help determine if alternative B. suis surveillance can be cost-effectively
implemented nationwide.

work with the N.C. Department of Agriculture to encourage
funding for this program."
The N.C. pork industry weathered the historic flooding of
Hurricane Matthew with relatively minimal damage, thanks
in part to a conservation program launched in 1999 following a trio of hurricanes that hit the state. While more than
99.5 percent of hog lagoons were not impacted by flooding
from Hurricane Matthew, municipal wastewater systems
spilled more than 100 million gallons of untreated waste, with
62.8 million gallons reaching the state's waterways.
"Hurricanes pose tremendous challenges for all types of
businesses, but Hurricane Matthew showed that our previous
efforts to reduce flooding have worked," said Mark Daughtry,
president of the N.C. Pork Council board of directors. "We
support efforts to work with farms in flood-prone areas to
reduce the potential for flooding."

Since 2000, North Carolina has acquired easements on
42 hog farms and closed 103 lagoons located in the floodplain
through a program administered by the N.C. Clean Water
Management Trust Fund. Land within the easements can no
longer be used as feedlots, for animal waste-management
systems or as sprayfields for liquid fertilizer. The land may
be used for growing row crops, planting trees and other lowintensity agriculture activities.
The N.C. Pork Council resolution reads:
"The North Carolina Pork Council Board of Directors, in keeping
with previous directives issued by the board and by its Public Policy
Committee in 2016 and 2017, endorses action to secure funding for
the benefit of re-establishing a voluntary floodplain conservation
program. The board's objective is to ensure the successful voluntary
conservation, as necessary and feasible, of swine lagoon operations
that are in identifiably flood-prone locations."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Legislative Update
Living the “barbecue Life”
Fulfilling the American Dream
A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover2
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 3
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 4
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 5
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Letter From the President
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 7
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Industry News
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 9
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 10
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 11
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 13
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 14
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 15
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Living the “barbecue Life”
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 17
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 18
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 19
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 20
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 21
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Fulfilling the American Dream
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 23
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 24
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 25
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 26
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 28
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 30
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover3
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