Now that it is October, that means it’s time to celebrate pork month! Wisconsin’s pork industry is a strong one that works each day to serve consumers as well as remain sustainable and relevant. Keri Retallick is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Pork Association and she shares what it means to celebrate pork month.
Hog farmers in Wisconsin and around the US work each day to care for their animals, while also focusing on other aspects around them. When it comes to sustainability, hog farmers focus on WeCare principles put together by the National Pork Producers Council. They focus on animal care and welfare, water quality, soil quality and air quality, as well as their communities and relationships with consumers.
Pork is a very versatile and delicious ingredient to include in your everyday diet. As Retallick says, “you can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!” Cooking whole muscle cuts to 145 degrees is the ideal temperature to keep that product juicy and tender. To find recipes or ideas on how to utilize pork in your meal preparations visit pork.org or wppa.org for more information. There you will find information about cooking techniques, nutrition, food safety, different cuts of pork and more inspiration for delicious pork dishes!