Pork Producers: Researchers Need Your Help

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What’s the link between antibiotic-free production and animal welfare? Wouldn’t you like to know?

A team of livestock researchers, led by Randy Singer of Mindwalk Consulting Group and the University of Minnesota, has developed a survey to assess opinions and experiences of food animals raised without antibiotics and their relationship to animal health and welfare.

As demand for poultry and livestock raised without the use of antibiotics grows in the U.S., it would be good to know what, if any, linkage there is to this practice and animal welfare. However, there is little data available regarding the association between raised without antibiotic claims and animal health and welfare.

The survey is intended for individuals who are actively involved with commercial poultry and/or other livestock production systems (such as swine), regardless of whether or not the producer is currently involved in a raised-without-antibiotics program/system.

Singer and his colleagues, Jennifer Koeman Wishnie (who previously worked for the National Pork Board and is now in the animal science department at California Polytechnic University) and Dan Thomson, urge pork producers to participate in the 15-minute survey that will be completely anonymous and confidential with no data about individual participants recorded.

To access the survey, please use the following link: https://mindwalk.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3F8D38IZhQIgiAB

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Singer ([email protected]).