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Reminder: Pig Farmers Care about People, Pigs, Planet
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/08/2018

Celebrate National Pork Month in October by enjoying some delicious pork during your family meals. You can enjoy the pork on your fork, knowing it was raised by a farmer that cares about people, pigs and the planet. "If you eat, you have a connection to a farmer," said Ferlyn Hofer; SDPPC President, pork producer. "October Pork Month is an opportunity to reestablish that producer-to-consumer relationship. Our mission is to produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner, and we need to share how we do that with consumers."

Since 2008, pork producers have adopted six We Care? ethical principles. The pork industry follows the six guiding ethical principles of the We Care initiative to maintain a safe, high-quality pork supply. Producers are committed to:

- Producing safe food;

- Safeguarding natural resources in all industry practices;

- Providing a work environment that is safe and consistent with the industry's other ethical principles;

- Contributing to a better quality of life in their communities;

- Protecting and promoting animal well-being; and

- Ensuring practices to protect public health.

"The ethical principles define our values and who we are," Hofer said. "Consumers can be confident that the pork they eat was raised by pig farmers who follow the We Care principles in their barns."

The principles are summed up in the Pork Checkoff's strategic vision, which is focused on people, pigs and planet.

"Consumers are putting more pork on their fork," said President Ferlyn Hofer. "To ensure a flavorful eating experience, we encourage them to cook pork to a slight pink center, with an internal temperature of 145F, followed by a three-minute rest."

For nutritional information and pork recipes or for information about modern pork production, please visit www.sdpork.org.

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) was created in 1954 to responsibly serve, support and enhance the success of the South Dakota pork production industry. Along with managing industry issues and improving the image of the pork industry, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council works to insure a safe, wholesome product for the consumer's confident consumption.

South Dakota's pork producers have 170,000 sows and they produce 339,000 farrowings per year. South Dakota is ranked #11 in pork production and ranks #2 in pigs per sow. South Dakota ranks 9th nationally in number of pigs born in the state. South Dakota's pork industry contributes $2.1 billion overall economic impact of SD's Swine Industry. Also, South Dakota pork industry contributes $17.4 million in total tax revenue.

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