Reposted with permission from CHRISTINE ALVARADO. First published on Meatingplace.com on August 23, 2019. https://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/Blogs/Details/87218

One of my previous blogs on April 5, 2019, “The Pecking order in a Straight Run Barn” mentioned some work my colleagues were conducting to survey women leaders in science and agriculture.

The focus of this survey was

The humane standards of care of animals are constantly changing, as informed by scientific advances. Animal agriculture, in particular, has been evolving for decades. Livestock housing techniques, like other husbandry practices, have continuously evolved to protect animals from exposure to diseases, pests, environmental extremes, and from each other. Animal scientists and veterinarians continuously research methods,

West Virginia has taken the first step in joining a number of states that have adopted regulations governing the standards of care farmers must provide to livestock in their care, by proposing standards of their own.

New Jersey, Colorado and Ohio already have regulations governing the minimum humane standards of care required for the raising

This week is the most important to the turkey producers of America, when many will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends dining on turkey and all the accoutrements routinely accompanying the holiday meal.

If the recent avian influenza outbreak took a toll on American’s pocketbooks, we would expect the price of turkeys to

The highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that was first identified in the US in December 2014, has spread from wild birds and backyard flocks to chicken and turkey commercial flocks in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as reported by USDA.  Part

Fortune magazine published an article describing “How the Humane Society convinced nearly 100 food companies to take their animals out of cages.”  This is why that is not necessarily a good thing for the animals or the people who care for them.

In many cases, prohibiting individual and cage housing actually creates a

Since 2011, FDA has issued at least 21 warning letters notifying egg producers that they have violated regulations governing the safety of shell eggs. Failure to comply with these regulations is a violation of the Public Health Service Act, enforced by the FDA.

Shell eggs produced while in violation are considered adulterated. Producers with 50,000

Approximately 1500 pathogenic organisms exist on the planet (that we know of), of which a majority (75%) are transmissible from animals to humans (or visa versa).  Some of historic significance include bubonic plague, rabies, and brucella (Ranchers, officials uneasy about brucellosis).

There are other infectious diseases that are not shared between species, but