is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Pork Checkoff To Review Marketing, Animal Welfare Efforts

Pork Checkoff To Review Marketing, Animal Welfare Efforts

Pork industry meeting this week will focus on the marketing initiatives and welfare standards

Tracking success on pork industry marketing and outreach initiatives will be the central focus of the National Pork Board's meeting in Orlando, Fla., this week. With record high feed prices causing significant financial losses within the pork industry, the Board of Directors will review animal welfare standards and industry progress.

Also on the docket will be discussion on how the Pork Checkoff's Pork Be Inspired Marketing campaign can be strengthened to build new pork demand at a critical time for pork producers.

The Board meeting is a part of the annual Pork Industry Forum that will be held in March 8-9. The board will meet Wednesday and Thursday, prior to the delegate sessions.

Meeting this week will focus on the marketing initiatives and welfare standards

Since launching Pork Be Inspired at the 2011 Pork Industry Forum, the Pork Checkoff has measured progress of the campaign's success in reaching consumers.  Board members will review the latest tracking study that shows reported increases in pork consumption within the campaign's target audience. 

In addition to marketing progress, delegates at last year's Pork Forum had asked the Board to take specific steps to help producers with decisions about animal care and housing for pregnant sows. Sherrie Niekamp, the board's director of animal welfare, and Jarrod Sutton, assistant vice president of food channel outreach, will brief board members on the steps being taken to address the Delegates' request.

Board members also will get reports on revisions to the Pork Quality Assurance Plus program, to be launched during World Pork Expo in Des Moines in June; New animal welfare research and education initiatives; International efforts to adopt animal welfare standards; and proposed strategic objectives for 2014.

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.