The Nebraska Pork Producers Association and the Omaha Royals partnered together for a night full of fun pork promotion June 11, 2010. NPPA staff, pork producers, mentors and friends of the industry helped hand out pork loin samples to those who came to watch the Omaha Royals take on the Nashville Sounds.
With the help of the National Pork Board and the “We Care” trailer, 75 pounds of grilled pork loin donated by Tyson Fresh Meats was handed out before the baseball game and received unanimous approval from those who tasted the samples.
Several guests said they “enjoyed the juiciness flavor of the pork samples” and “were glad to hear to what temperature pork should be cooked to.”
Handing out the samples gave a great opportunity for pork producers to educate consumers about proper cooking temperatures, how U.S pork producers humanely care for their pigs and informed them of the “We Care” initiative that pork producers follow to demonstrate that producers are accountable to established ethical principles and animal well-being practices.
The night continued with NPPA vice president Shane Meyer throwing the first pitch to start the game. Although his sons were worried about his throwing technique, Shane made a great throw and proved them wrong.
Once the game began, 190 pork producers, family members and friends who registered for free tickets, enjoyed watching the Omaha Royals win against the Nashville Sounds. Also, throughout the game the “Bucket Boys,” a four-man band, showed their drumming talent performed on 10 gallon buckets.
A fireworks display was shown after the Omaha Royals won 5-0.