Common Production Practices

Explore day-to-day farming and ranching operations.

Antibiotics

Is There a Correlation Between MRSA & Antibiotic Use in Animals?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a serious threat to human health. While the majority of MRSA clinical infections in humans…

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Antibiotics

Other Countries Have Eliminated Antibiotic Use in Farm Animals, Why Shouldn't the U.S.?

A ban on antibiotic use on farms to treat sick animals or prevent illness would lead to animal suffering, possible…

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Animal Welfare

Are Animals Raised Indoors Crowded Together?

There are many reasons some animals are housed indoors, including protection from inclement weather, bacteria and diseases, and predators. Due…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

What Options Are There If You Prefer Meat From Animals Not Given Beta-Agonists?

Consumers have the right to make choices on what type of meat they buy at the grocery store. If they…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

All About Beta-Agonists

What are Beta-Agonists? Beta-agonists (beta agonists), such as ractopamine and zilpaterol, are animal feed ingredients that help animals make the…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

Animals That Generally Do And Don’t Receive Growth Hormones

Beef: Supplemental hormones are used in about 95 percent of cattle production in the U.S. to synchronize cow reproductive cycles,…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

Would Eliminating Hormones Impact The Meat Industry?

Cattle ranchers use hormones to improve how animals’ bodies turn food into lean muscle. This means meat is leaner and…

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Animal Welfare

Why Some Animals are Raised Outdoors and Others Indoors

Raising animals indoors or outdoors is a choice that farmers and ranchers make based on what is best for them…

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Animal Welfare

What is the Difference Between Products Labeled Cage-Free and Free Range?

Cage-free: A product label that says "cage-free” means that hens are able to stretch their wings and move around freely…

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Animal Welfare

Why Do Farmers Use Gestation Crates?

Gestation stalls or individual stalls were first introduced in the 1960s as a way to help protect and nurture all…

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