As a dairy producer, I’ve read the general care standards which provide an overview of care and handling, housing/facilities and animal health. And the bovine specific standards which cover equipment, animal handling, care of disabled livestock, transporting livestock, euthanasia and enforcement. The standards seem fair and reasonable.
|We strive to keep feed in front of our cows so they can eat at any time|
|Our cows have access to clean, fresh water at all times|
|Our barn allows cows to relax in individual beds with sand bedding|
|The maternity pen at our farm provides a comfortable environment|
|Lad feeds this newborn calf colostrum while Garrett watches|
I hope people know the majority of farmers provide excellent care to their animals because it’s the right thing to do not because a set of written standards were created to govern us. Everything we do on our farm is done for a reason and that reason is always centered on the comfort, health and wellbeing of our animals.
I’m curious to hear from you. As an Ohio consumer, are you satisfied with the Livestock Care Standards that were developed? If you don’t live in Ohio, do you think it’s necessary to develop written animal care standards in your state or on a national level?