Pork producers were well-represented at the listening session held last week in Columbus, OH, with 10 producers telling about their farms and animal care practices they follow every day, according to the Ohio Pork Producers Council.

The listening sessions are designed to allow Ohioans the chance to provide input to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board and to educate the board members and public on factors the board needs to consider in setting standards of livestock care.

At the sessions, the public is encouraged to offer comments on important factors the board should consider in creating standards of livestock care that will maintain food safety, locally grown food and protect Ohio farms and families.

The remaining listening sessions will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. as follows:

  • May 18, Montgomery County at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, 6800 Hoke Rd., Clayton, OH 45315;
  • May 25, Guernsey County at the Mideast Career & Technology Center, 57090 Vocational Rd., Senecaville, OH 43780; and
  • May 26, Ross County at the Carver Community Center, 165 W. Fourth St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.

The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board is charged with establishing statewide standards governing the care and well-being of livestock while promoting food safety, preventing animal and human diseases and encouraging local food production.

Learn more at www.ohiopork.org.