Caring For Farm Animals
Farmers and ranchers are constantly adopting new ways of raising animals that keep animal well-being the top priority. Today’s methods of caring for livestock have been designed with the health and well-being of both animals and humans in mind. Simply put, healthy and content animals are the goal for farmers and ranchers, and many of the technological advancements ensure just that.
For example, housing for animals is designed to meet their specific needs through well ventilated, temperature controlled, clean environments with ready access to nutritious foods and fresh water. When animals do get sick, they are placed in separate housing and promptly treated through professional veterinary care. Housing design also makes giving birth less stressful and helps to protect young animals. These are only a few of many examples of steps farmers take daily to ensure they are doing right by the animals, land and environment.
Protecting Animal Health With Antibiotics
Healthy animals provide healthy food, so ensuring the proper care for livestock is not only good for the consumer but for the farmer as well. Sensible and judicious use of antibiotics helps to prevent and control disease, and keep animals comfortable and well-cared for. This in turn reduces the risk of unhealthy animals entering our food supply.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) proper animal care includes making sure animals are healthy, comfortable, well nourished and able to express the natural behaviors of their species without pain, fear or distress. Furthermore, the AVMA notes that banning or severely restricting the use of antibiotics in animals would negatively impact a veterinarian’s ability to protect animal health and prevent suffering from disease.
If you’d like to read more about specific animal welfare practices and standards, please visit the Common Ground website.