AMSA is excited to announce that the 2018 PORK 101 courses will be held May 22-24 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and October 22-24 at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. PORK 101 is hosted by AMSA in cooperation with the National Pork Board and is sponsored by Merck Animal Health.
Attendees will experience firsthand the swine industry from live animal production through finished pork products. The course concludes with the attendees preparing and sampling products from pork carcasses including pumped loins, bacon, hams and sausage.
These attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products from meat science faculty and AMSA members at each university.
The program features:
- General Production Practices
- Hog Handling
- Grading and Live Hog Evaluation
- Lean Value Pricing
- Quality Management at Slaughter
- Hands-On Pork Slaughter
- Measuring Carcass Quality and Composition
- Hands-On Pork Carcass Fabrication
- Processing Technologies and Hands-On Lab
- Retail and Consumer Hot Topics
Past attendees of the AMSA PORK 101 Course can attest to the importance of attending.
- “The instructors were so accommodating and knowledgeable, and the course was very well structured. I would highly recommend this class to anyone and everyone in the meat industry – especially marketing or sales personnel.”
- “I can speak to the entire process of how pork is harvested now. Understanding the primals and the bone-in/boneless cuts is very important in my role.”
- “Great course! I felt like the hands-on cutting was a great learning tool where I grew more familiar with each of the cuts of pork.”