Farmers are entrusted with the care of the animals that produce our food before it gets to our plates. Whether food is purchased in a grocery store, a farmers market, or directly from a farmer, the animals that produce the food have been provided the best possible care and handling throughout their lives to ensure the food supply is safe. As relevant topics are written discussing on-farm management practices that impact the safety of our food supply, the select iGrow articles will be updated. Feel free to contact an Extension Food Safety, Meat, or Livestock Specialist for more information or to discuss a topic you are curious about that is not found in these articles. At the bottom of this article you can find links to the iGrow Livestock Communities that provide additional information about the care of animals on farms and resources covering management practices and marketing of livestock.
Select iGrow Articles
- Sustainable Beef: A ‘Global’ Discussion and You: This article introduces the discussion about producing sustainable beef and provided questions to initiate a preliminary self-evaluation of livestock operations.
- Everything Happens Through People: This article provides information about the effects of human-animal interactions and discusses the responsibilities of each person involved in the food supply from farm to plate.
- The Tyson FarmCheck: This article introduces one of the packer-specific on-farm audit programs for animal welfare and handling that verifies the care that animals receive on the farm.
- Maintaining Positive Impacts on Beef Quality: This article briefly describes the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification program, the Beef Checkoff-funded program that teaches best management practices on the farm that promote safe, wholesome meat products for the food supply.
- Cattle Bedding and Food Safety: This article describes how providing and managing bedding for livestock is a simple way to increase the comfort and well-being of the animals and keep them cleaner to ensure a safe meat product enters the food supply.
- Antibiotic Use for Safe Food Production: This article introduces the various uses of antibiotics within food animal production and briefly explains the regulations in place to ensure safe food products for the public.
- Using Feed-Grade Antibiotics for Livestock: Changes are Coming: This article introduces the Food and Drug Administration’s updates for the uses of antibiotics within food animal production addressing the growing concern about antibiotic resistance bacteria.
- Challenges of Employee Turnover: Product quality and consistency: This article discusses one of the sometimes forgotten challenges that impact the quality of food products, employee turnover on farms.
- Hormones in Beef: Myth vs. Fact: This article presents some facts about the use of hormones and their presence in food.
- Understanding Welfare Food Labels: This article provides an introductive overview to animal welfare label programs.
- Making Sense of Welfare Labeling Options: This article highlights animal welfare labels and discusses differences in on-farm animal care practices that may be permitted.
- Nutritional Value of Organic vs. Conventional Beef: This article reviews the nutritional findings of beef produced under various animal care practices.
iGrow Livestock Communities
If you are interested in learning more about animal care practices farmers and ranchers are using to raise your food, check out the iGrow Livestock Communities. You will also learn about challenges occurring and how farmers and ranchers are overcoming them (e.g. disease outbreaks, drought).