Responsible farm management addresses all aspects – economic, social and environmental – of social responsibility for Ontario pork producers. It requires complying with regulations, adhering to the industry’s voluntary standards, and continuously looking for improvements through the adoption of best management practices based on scientific principles.
The practice is adopted by more than 80% of producers
The practice is adopted by between 50% and 79% of producers
The practice is adopted by less than 50% of producers
The practice is to be tracked and reported on during the next reporting period
Dimension 1 | Farm Management
KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Compliance with regulation
Design training programs to educate pork producers on the Ontario Health and Safety Act. By 2017, Ontario Pork will work together with industry to develop tools for farmers on health and safety best practices.
Number of pork producers having implemented an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) program on their farm.
Participation in the industry’s voluntary standards and initiatives
Work with pork producers and processors to increase producer Canadian Quality Assurance/Animal Care Assessment (CQA/ACA) compliance. Encourage new producers to comply with the CQA/ACA programs.
Number of pork producers who joined the CQA/ACA programs.
Promote the adoption of the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) to increase the number of pork producers adopting the initiative.
Number of pork producers who have a valid and complete EFP.
Educate pork producers on best management practices for using manure and improving soil management with the goal to increase Nutrient Management Plans (NMPs).
Number of pork producers who have a valid and complete NMP or Nutrient Management Strategy (NMS).
Continuous improvement through sound farm management and strategic planning
Encourage pork producers to develop their own on-farm strategic planning exercises. Beginning 2016, Ontario Pork will perform a gap analysis to determine best practices and training materials for business planning.
Number of pork producers who have a documented strategic plan that sets short-, medium- and long-term objectives and identifies the future challenges for their farms.