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PQA Plus and TQA trainings offered in Preston on December 14


Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Pork producers and livestock transporters can earn their individual certifications for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) at free trainings in Preston.

The PQA Plus and TQA trainings will be on December 14 in the County Office Building, 902 Houston Street, Preston. The PQA Plus training will be from 9-11 a.m. and the TQA training will be from noon-2 p.m.

To assure adequate seating and materials, preregistration is strongly encouraged. To preregister, telephone (507) 765-3861.

PQA Plus is required as a condition of sale by nearly all packers for those individuals who provide daily care of pigs, such as owners, managers and employees. The PQA Plus training also describes the site assessment process and how to achieve PQA Plus Site Status. The minimum age for PQA Plus certification eligibility is 14.

TQA training is also a common hog packer requirement for the drivers delivering hogs to the plant and for on-farm animal handlers.

Pork producers can check their PQA and TQA certification status by calling the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675. Check with your hog packer for their specific requirements of PQA Plus certification, PQA Plus Site Status and TQA certification.

PQA Plus and TQA trainings are hosted by the Minnesota Pork Board, Pork Checkoff and University of Minnesota Extension Swine Team. For additional training locations and dates go to www.mnpork.com.

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