Measuring Quality Effectiveness
The effectiveness of the quality management is evaluated in three ways to insure that our herds meet the High Health Herd™ status required for biomedical research use in emerging medical technologies such as decellularization/recellularization processes.
First, by production performance consisting of monitoring the number of piglets weaned per litter and feed efficiency (the conversion of feed into animal mass).
Second, we perform death loss analysis of animals by monitoring both rates and causes. These two parameters are monitored closely by the herd manager and veterinarian who intervene with appropriate corrective action when these productivity measures change.
The third measure of evaluating herd health is quarterly laboratory testing.
Changes in management, if indicated, are instituted at the suggestion of the consulting veterinarian.