Today the pigs skin and meat are
still used, but there are some 500 different things made from pig parts. Pork
has gone from being just a meat to a product that makes a big difference in
the industrial and pharmaceutical fields. Pharmaceuticals
rank second only to meat itself in the important contributions hogs make to
society. Rapidly advancing science and technology are continually adding to
the list of life-supporting and life-saving products made from the hog. In total,
hogs are a source of nearly 40 drugs and pharmaceuticals. Hogs are used in the
making of medicines to help the adrenal glands, the blood, the brain, the gall
bladder, the heart, the intestines, the liver, the ovaries, the skin, the stomach,
the thyroid gland, the pineal gland, the pituatary gland and the pancreas gland.
Hogs also make a very significant contribution to the world of industrial and consumer products. Hog by-products are sources of chemicals used in the manufacturing of a wide range of products which cannot be made elsewhere. And of course, pigskin is used as a high quality leather for clothing, shoes, handbags, sporting goods, upholstery and so on. Some examples of products using pig parts:
Hog Blood-sticking agent, leather
treating agents, plywood adhesive, protein
source in feeds, fabric printing and dying
Hog Bones and Skin--glue, pigskin garments, gloves and shoes
Hog Dried Bones--bone china, buttons
Hog Bone Meal--mineral source in feed, fertilizer, porcelain enamel, glass and water filters
Hog Gall Stones--ornamentals
Hog Hair--paint brushes, insulation, upholstery
Fatty acids and Glycerin--floor waxes, pharmeceuticals, cosmetics, insecticides, herbicides, oil polishes, rubber, antifreeze, plastics, printing rollers, cellophane, cement, fiber softeners, crayons, chalk, matches, putty and linoleum
Today people are using more and more hogs because of the many uses it has and because it's a healthy eating choice. Pork is much leaner and is a better quality product than it was in the past.
The industry itself is also changing for pork. The environmental aspect of how hogs are raised is causing a big change in the way animal wastes are being handled. Projects are already underway to change the way waste is handled and to improve the odor or smell of the farm.
Hogs are big business for all of North Carolina, but most of the farms are in the eastern part of the state. Although there are farms around the state, most of them are east of Raleigh. This is because the climate and the terrain make eastern North Carolina a great place to locate a hog farm.
Some hogs are kept outside, but most are kept indoors and confined. This is so that the hogs do not become stressed and it also helps to maintain the safety and health of the herd. The hog houses are temperature controlled so that the herd does not become to hot or to cold.
When bad weather hits the farm, there isn't much to prepare for. Since the hogs are already indoors, they are pretty safe from outdoor conditions. Most farms have generators to prevent a loss of power from causing any threat to animal health or safety.
Food is very important in raising hogs. They are fed a special diet of corn-soybean meal. This is a vitamin-mineral based meal that fulfills their nutrient requirements. Some factors determined in how the mixture is made for hogs are their age and the stage of production that they are in. How a hog is fed greatly affects production and efficiency on the farm.
Farmers use several pieces of special equipment during the production process to help them. Feeding systems are used to feed the hogs and the hogs live in specially designed, temperature-controlled buildings. Transport equipment to move hogs from place to place are also used.
Another special thing used in hog
production is vaccinations. Vaccinations are injections of medicines the animal
receives to keep it from developing diseases. None of the drugs used on the
hogs would ever hurt it or the person who would finally eat the meat. Some vaccines
used on the hog are called Puesdorabies, P.R.R.S. and Rhinitis which combat
diseases. Another drug called Maternafend is a standard reproductive
vaccination used in hogs.
Pork, once it is graded, can be made several different ways. It can be fresh, frozen and/or processed (smoked/cured). Most pork in North Carolina is sold fresh. The pork is put into plastic vacuum bags and then shipped in boxes that are filled with the bags. It is done this way because it is an industry standard. That means that every pork processor packs the meat the same way. This way every pork producer follows the USDA government's requirements for wholesomeness and sanitation.
Once packaged, pork is sold in a variety of outlets. The most common is to a wholesaler who then sells the product to a retail outlet, who then sells it to the consumer or a restaurant (foodservice). A lot of times after product goes to a foodservice outlet, it is then resold to a specialty producer or shop.
Before ending up on a grocery store shelf or restaurant there are two common routes for pork. One is from the pork packing plant to the wholesale distributor to the customer warehouse to the grocery store or restaurant. The second way is from the pork packing plant to the retail store's warehouse to the grocery store. Pork is sold both domestically and internationally Most pork, when it goes overseas, is sold first to a broker in the States who then ships it overseas from an east coast port.
When pork is moved, how is it done?
If a hog is taken from the farm to the plant, it is simply put in a truck. When
the product leaves the plant and goes to a store it is taken on a truck that
has special refrigeration. This is to keep the meat in cool temperatures so
that it does not spoil. About a century ago, pork was taken in a horse-drawn
wagon. Then with the advent of railroads, trains were used to move hogs. Trucks
are now the main way to move hogs.
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Fresh pork is also required to have a label on the outer box and/or the item in plastic wrap. With processed pork, labels always appear on the product wrapper. All meat must carry a USDA government label either on the box container and/or on the individual package wrapper.
Pork is part of the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts grouping of the food pyramind. The recommended daily allowance of this group is two to three servings. Fresh pork is leaner than its ever been. Fresh pork has shaped up and slimmed down so much in recent years, that it's an average of 31% lower in fat, 14% lower in calories and 10% lower in cholesterol than in 1983. Packed with protein, pork is a healthy choice for mealtime.When planning your next meal, make sure to include pork. It's a healthy, great-tasting food choice. There are so many ways to enjoy it whether on the grill, barbecued or fried, it's hard to find a reason not to love it. Remember that pork is a great example of why Goodness Grows In North Carolina!!!
|1. cash receipts: how much money the commodity has made|
|2. colonizationthis refers to the time before the United States of America was its own country; the people were British citizens who followed the rules of Great Britain. It wasn't until the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Revolutionary War that America became its own country.|
|3. pharmaceuticals:drugs and prescription medicines|
|4. industrial:having to do with industry, work and/or factories|
|5. adhesive:something that is sticky or has the ability to stick to another object|
|6. ornamentals:something that is for beauty or decoration|
|7. upholstery:materials (cloth) used in furniture|
|8. insecticides:chemicals that are used to kill and control insects|
|9. herbicides:chemicals that are used to kill and control weeds|
|10. generators:a machine that creates energy, generally electricity as a backup to a main source|
|11. vacuum:an area that has no air; a package that is sealed tight without air|
|12. sanitation:cleanliness; being clean|
|13. wholesale distributor:a middle person who buys product from the producer/farmer and then sells it to another person and makes money from it|
|14. broker: a person who buys product from a producer/farmer or from a wholesaler and then resells it to another person, generally a store and makes money from it|