“My name is Makenzie Hereth, and I am from Woodbine, MD. My family and I live on a 200-acre farm where we raise beef, swine, and chickens. We also have various crops planted and harvested throughout the year, such as corn and soybeans. I am a member of the Howard County 4-H Dairy Club. In 4-H, I carry the projects of beef and market swine.”
By: Makenzie Hereth
A quality animal is the result of the farmers care. The happier and healthier the farmers animals are, the farmer is able to produce a better product for consumers. Animal welfare is an important aspect of raising livestock animals. When they are healthy they can grow and prosper, creating offspring or quality meats or milk. Animals must be fed daily and always have the availability to fresh water. This gives them the nutrients they need to grow. They need a clean, sturdy shelter to protect themselves from weather and the temperature. Vaccinations and vet visits are also vital to an animals well being. It is important for an animal to be seen by a vet if something is wrong, because many times it can be treated. Animals are not to be processed until after the withdrawal and waiting periods of their medication. This protects the consumer and the farmer. It is important that the community knows the importance of animal welfare to the farmer. The education on correct care for animals is vital for local farmers support. When the community knows that the product, for example pork, is being raised and well cared for, they have a trust in what they are consuming.
Animal welfare is regulated by the government for the protection of animals and consumers. There are regulations on sale, transportation, and handling of animals. There are also standards of treatment for any animals exhibited to the public or bred for sale. For example, in Maryland, livestock shows require health inspection papers any time one goes to a livestock show. There must also be signed proof that the animal was checked by the exhibitor before the animal left its farm. Overall, all of these rules are in place to protect all animals. Animal welfare is for the safety of the animal, the consumer, as well as the farmer.