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Ashton Irwin
Caring for farm animals
Sharon Grose
Whether it’s helping a cow to give birth to a calf in the middle of the night, or feeding pigs before opening Christmas presents, caring for animals has been at the core of what farmers do every day for generations. All animals have basic needs, like food and water, health, and quality of life, and farmers take this responsibility seriously. They choose to work with animals because they enjoy it.
Caring for livestock properly is a matter of doing the right thing, but it also makes good business sense. Content, healthy animals are more productive, and lead to higher quality products. Farmers are also continually working to improve farm animal care based on new and veri ed science, investing in farm animal behaviour research to better understand what livestock and poultry need and want.
A dress code for the barn? It’s called biosecurity.
If you visit a barn, you might be asked
to take a shower, or wear overalls and plastic boots over your shoes before entering. Other farms don’t allow any visitors at all, people or animals. These approaches are called “biosecurity”. Along with vaccinations, biosecurity is part of
an animal health program that helps keep Canada’s herds or  ocks healthy. By not allowing visitors into the barn, germs and sickness are kept out. Although farmers can give their livestock medicine when they’re sick, prevention is always preferred over treatment.
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