Responsible Production

What is Responsible Production?

Agriculturists raising animals play a huge role in the agricultural industry. Responsible producers in the United States care for billions of farm animals every day. They meet and exceed strict welfare standards by providing for the nutritional, health, social, and environmental needs of their animals. Click on one of the factors below to learn more about how farmers provide for the wellbeing of their animals.

Health

Environmental

Social

Nutritional

Why is it Important?

Responsible production and agricultural welfare are important on moral and practical grounds. On moral grounds, farmers care about how they meet the growing demand for food. Their efforts ensure that food production occurs in a humane manner and ALL needs are met.

 

On practical grounds, responsible production is important because, the more care someone exerts when doing anything, the better their results will be. It's no different in agriculture. If you're irresponsible and careless, you're causing your own failure. 

Simply Put: Cause & Effect. Better Care = Better Outcome

We asked agriculturists if they loved their animals, click here to see what they sent us. 

Farmers Depend on their Animals.

Animals Depend on their Farmers.

Health

Animals are a main source of livelihood for many families involved in agriculture. Farmers care a great deal about their animals and strive to keep their health in excellent condition. They check on their animals many times a day, administer medication, hire veterinarians, maintain a detailed report of genetics and health, and much more. Healthy animals lead to a more sustainable future of agriculture.

 

Environment

Agriculturists carefully select the best living environment for their animals. To be efficient, animals need to be in a comfortable environment based on their needs. When choosing a living environment for their animals, farmers have to consider many factors including, access to water, access to clean air, shelter, temperature, size, occupancy number, and costs.  

 

Social

Believe it or not, most farm animals have social needs within and between their species. Farmers realize the needs of each animal community and do their best to accommodate each individual. Some animals enjoy herding whereas others enjoy  solitude. Some species such as horses even have their own ranking system, called the "pecking order." The interaction between humans and animals must also be considered. For example, some animals don't mind being handled everyday where as others only want to see you when it's lunch time.

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Nutritional

Farmers take great pride as they work intricately to formulate the best feeding plan for their animals. It's a well known fact that the wellbeing of an animal relies largely on their diet. Very rarely is an animal eating one type of feed, their total ration usually consists of a mixture of high quality feed stuffs. Many farms even hire an animal nutritionist, who creates a specialized meal plan for the animals. Thanks to responsible farmers, animals are receiving exceptional nutritional care throughout the United States.

 
 

Reporting Concerns

Animal welfare violations are few and far between but there are some cases that still occur. Animal welfare is a very complex practice that cannot be summarized in short because of the variation in each animal species health requirements. You should report any sign of animal abuse to your local animal control agency, however, before doing so, you should research the animal welfare laws in your area. Each state has different standards for animal welfare violations. For example, in some cases, states allow agricultural agents and veterinarians to review cases of animal cruelty, while others do not. 

 

Reports based solely off of an individual's opinion don't prove that animal welfare standards are actually being violated. If a "false" report of animal welfare is claimed because of disagreement with approved animal welfare practices, investigative agencies are likely to dismiss the report. 

To avoid being dismissed, review the resources below to learn more about animal welfare violations.

  • The USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the agency that oversees animal welfare compliance in agriculture.

    • To review their extensive Animal Welfare Inspection Guide click here. 

    • ​​To view general animal welfare criteria, click here.

  • For a better understanding of humane treatment in animal processing, click here to view Temple Grandin's website. Temple Grandin is a world famous animal scientist who has improved animal welfare standards tremendously. Don't believe all that nonsense you hear, take it from someone who knows... Take it from Temple.

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