Animal care is a farm and ranch priority

By Gary Joiner

Record flooding in Southeast Texas reminded me again of just what great risks farmers and ranchers will take to care for their livestock. Tragically, a Central Texas rancher recently lost his life trying to save his cattle from a rising creek that engulfed his property. The accounts of personal sacrifice and commitment are remarkable. But I’m not surprised.

Animal care is a priority for farmers, ranchers and the American food supply. It’s personal for farmers and ranchers. They care for their animals 24/7, 365 days a year.

Still, a national conversation about animal care in agriculture continues.

Accurate and honest perspectives shine a bright light of truth on the issue. Here are some perspectives worthy of sharing.

In the pasture or in the barn, ranchers care for their animals. It’s a tradition passed down from generation to generation to care for the land and the livestock. Just like on the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton where Donnell Brown and his family sit tall in the saddle and take pride in the care they provide their livestock.

Farmers and ranchers have high standards for themselves and the way they treat their livestock. Those standards are ones Justin Dauer practices every day. Check out his management practices here.

Different species. Different farmers. But across the nation, all farmers and ranchers have the same goal—raising healthy livestock with proper care. It’s the ethics of livestock production. And it’s what Randy Krotz, as CEO of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, sees daily. Read his thoughts on animal care here.

The time-honored tradition. A true testament to commitment and integrity. Proper animal care is what you’ll find on Texas farms and ranches.

Gary Joiner

Gary Joiner is the senior associate director of Public Relations for Texas Farm Bureau.

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