Do animals raised for meat live in inhumane conditions?
Healthy, content animals are simply good business for farmers and the well-being of their animals is a very high priority. Farmers and ranchers are constantly exploring new ways to raise their animals in the best way. Many participate in stewardship and certification programs that ensure the good care of their animals, according to the Animal Agriculture Alliance.
All production systems have advantages and disadvantages, but all have been designed with the health and well-being of animals and humans in mind. Housing protects animals from predators, disease and bad weather. Housing also makes reproduction and birth less stressful, protects young animals and makes it easier to care for healthy and sick animals. Modern animal housing is well ventilated, warm, well lit, clean and scientifically designed to meet specific needs for temperature, light, water and food, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. On a well-run farm or ranch, the animals’ well-being is a part of all considerations. Shana Beattie, a farmer from Nebraska talks about how they take care of the pigs on their farm during the winter to keep them comfortable.
We also take pride in caring for our animals. Each day my husband spends two hours feeding our herd of beef cattle. We feed them a mixture of ground hay, silage, ground milo, and vitamins to provide them a balanced diet. We make sure they have plenty of room to move around, and water to drink. We also give them preventative vaccines in the Spring and Fall, to make sure they stay healthy. If we have a sick animal, we get them treated right away with antibiotic, and make sure that animal does not leave our farm before the antibiotic has left their system. We also take our cattle to the veterinarian, if there is a problem we can’t address on the farm. We enjoy taking care of our animals, and make it a priority!!!