Swine breeder groups promote pork through local, state, national and worldwide campaigns. Pork is rapidly growing as a popular meat choice throughout the world, and its growth is due in no small part to the influence of various pig breeders groups. If you grow hogs on your farming operation, you would be wise to join a pig breeders association on the state and national level.
No matter what pig farmers association you join, you can benefit from their services. In addition to research on swine genetics, you can expect a group to provide the following:
1. Consumer information and promotion by the hog farmers association, including new ways to cook pork.
2. National and foreign market development by the swine association.
3. Production technology and producer education for members of the pig farmers association.
Join one of the national swine breeder groupsThrough advertising campaigns, such as "Pork: The Other White Meat," more consumers than ever are aware of pork as a quality meat product. Without the efforts of a national hog farmers association this wouldn't have been possible.
Become a member of a state swine breeders associationJust as the National Pork Producers Council and the Pork Board work on the national level, most of the states have active state-level groups. Join your state swine breeders association and become active in it.
Look for a specialty pig breeders associationIf you have purebred hogs or raise specialty pigs, such as Vietnamese Potbellies, your business can benefit from the networking provided by specialty groups. From genetics to marketing, a special pig farmers association can provide a lot of information for the price of your membership dues.
- Every hog farmers association actively promotes the humane treatment of the pigs. Because mistreated animals cost the producer money, it's in the farmer's best interest to take good care of his animals. Each state and national pig association also offers research and information for the farmer to handle waste disposal in a manner that is safe for the environment.