USFRA knows that Americans want and need to hear the whole story about how farmers grow and raise their food. Many people characterize larger farms as “factory farms” that mistreat animals if they are housed in barns protected from inclement weather? Or they might imply that conventional pig farmers knowingly pollute the environment. Farmers and ranchers have said all farms, regardless of size, are actually held to and adhere to the same tight standards.
Americans have many questions about animal care – and farmers and ranchers are usually open to answering those questions and sharing their personal experiences. Only when farmers and ranchers share their stories about animal care will consumers get the entire story.
Take a look at some examples below of how our farmers and ranchers are responsibly caring for their animals:
- Ranchers across the country are committed to providing the best care for their livestock. The Beef Quality Assurance program provides cattle farmers and ranchers with ongoing training to support them as they provide the highest level of care. In addition, the state implemented program provides U.S. beef producers with techniques to raise their cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.
- Additionally, the practices by which ranchers raise cattle are influenced by the Agricultural Research Service – which conducts scientific research on animal well-being and the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) (http://www.explorebeef.org/animalcare.aspx).
- Also, if you missed it, check out our mini-documentary about how a pork farmer’s family cares for their animals. Be sure to browse the video gallery to see more of our farmer and rancher stories come to life.
- Take a look at the Pork Checkoff’s stance on humane animal treatment as well as some links and resources on swine care.
And, if you still have questions, talk to an actual farmer. USFRA is happy to faciliate any farmer/consumer conversations, interactions and even farm visits.