Through Operation Main Street, more than 1,300 enthusiastic farmers, veterinarians and other volunteers are dedicated to telling the pork industry’s story of innovation, sustainability and animal stewardship. Most recently, this connected me with the Hollywood Rotary Club, where there was plenty of questions and open discussion about pig farming.
How can a dairy farm generate enough energy to power 3,000 homes? Imagine a farmer reducing nitrogen emissions by 90 percent, and another diverting 2,000 pounds of food otherwise destined for landfills. More about these real-life dairy sustainability stories in my latest blog.
The responsible use of antibiotics is just one tool used on farms to keep animals healthy. Good stewardship also involves proper nutrition, good ventilation, biosecurity, appropriate housing and other measures designed to protect animal health and ensure food produced from animals is safe. Although vaccines are not available for every disease, when they are, they help protect an animal’s health, too.