It is time for the animal agriculture industry to come together and promote the great things we do to care for our animals on a daily basis. I personally at times have been up for nearly 24 hours to provide care for ill animals or helping cows give birth. I’m regularly woken up in the middle of the night to tend to our cow’s well-being, whether it’s calving or fixing a waterer. I have had to leave family gatherings, church and my children’s events early due to having an emergency to handle on the farm.
We in animal agriculture try to do the right things for our cows for the right reasons. Our farm goes to great and costly measures to provide proper care for our animals and to maintain a comfortable environment for them. Various methods used to provide for our cows comfort are:
- Soft rubber mats in concrete lanes for them to walk on and stay out of mud
- Cooling soakers for hot days to help reduce body temperatures
- Access to a nutritional dense and well balanced diet
- Access to fresh clean water
- Prompt medical care
- Regularly scheduled visits from our veterinarian
- Clean soft bedding
By working closely with our veterinarian we provide prompt and proper medical care to our animals. We administer antibiotics in proper amounts to help cure anything that ails our animals such as pneumonia or fevers. Milk with antibiotic residues is never used for human consumption in the United States. Every load of our milk is tested to make sure it contains no antibiotics; any that does is rejected by the milk plant.
This kind of care for our animals and attention to details is not only the right way to operate a dairy; it is also the right way to run any small business. Our small business just happens to be caring for animals and producing safe, nutritious food for the world.