Incoming okPORK President Cathy Vaughan Talks About the Pork Industry Issues Important to HerThu, 08 Aug 2019 11:43:39 CDT
Incoming Oklahoma Pork Council President, Cathy Vaughan, Smithfield Foods safety coordinator, recently sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn during the 2019 Oklahoma Pork Congress to talk about the upcoming year. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
When asked about the commitment of being on the board of an organization like the Oklahoma Pork Council, Vaughan says she feels like it is important for people who work in the industry to be a part of the state and national organizations which represent them. The employees and companies in the industry want their voices heard, Vaughan added.
There are many issues in the pork industry in Oklahoma and nationwide. However, Vaughan says some are more concerning than others.
“There is always a concern over our herd health, and there is definitely a threat today with African Swine Fever with the rate of spread today in the European countries,” she said. “So for us its just making sure that biosecurity is at the forefront of everything that we do and that we are making sure that we are doing everything possible to keep our pigs healthy.”
During her time as president, Vaughan says she wants to keep the Oklahoma Pork Council going in the same direction they are now. She says she wants to keep everyone prepared regarding African Swine Fever and anything else that may come up.
“I expect one of my big responsibilities this year, is to make sure we continue the conversations with producers and conversations with our lawmakers and people in our state agencies,” she said. “To make sure that everyone is truly connected to how big of an issue this could be if we get this disease in the United States. And fortunately, I think we are on the right path. But it is still very important for us to everyday have a conversation with people and how we do it. And that we take pride in being responsible environmental stewards and animal care.”
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