The moment I step foot onto the farm in the morning, I have animal care on my mind. Animal welfare is nonstop for pig farmers, and that’s the way it should be.
Our barns are checked several times throughout the day, and the same processes that occurred in the morning will take place in the evening. My primary duties are in the farrowing house where each litter is evaluated right away, and the sows are fed fresh feed individually so that we can monitor consumption.
Temperature and airflow are continuously monitored to make sure that the pigs have a comfortable environment. Also, heat lamps are routinely adjusted to make sure the piglets have the perfect climate. Similar procedures take place in the nursery and finishing barns where fresh feed is ran each day and temperatures are documented so that we can be sure that the pigs have received the care that they need.
Our farm outlines animal care guidelines clearly to ensure that all members know how to give the animals the best care. Aside from our protocols for treatment and checking animals, there is one thing that allows us to ensure our pigs get the best care. Multiple family members will check the same pigs throughout the day. This helps us to double-check each other to make sure all pigs have clean feed and water and are of the highest health.
Pigs are our livelihood, and it is our responsibility to ensure they are the healthiest that they can be. After all, pigs are our business, and the only way that they can help us thrive is by being healthy so that they can be a wholesome food product for consumers. Animal care will always be at the top of our list.
The short answer for why we spend so much time ensuring that the pigs have the best conditions possible is that it is our passion. It is easy to exert a lot of energy caring for pigs continuously because I love to do those tasks. It is a livelihood that gives me satisfaction at the end of the day, but none of that can happen without providing amazing animal care to our pigs.