I write in response to the Feb. 25 column titled "If you torture a cow..." This article, which was filled with misinformation and extremist rhetoric, requires a response that provides Sandusky Register readers with truthful information about modern livestock production and animal care.
The growth of meat production, spurred by rising demands for safe, affordable, nutritious food, has led to an increase in the desire to learn more about how food is produced in today's modern livestock industry. Ohio's hog farmers have a good story to tell about their commitment to caring for their herds and to producing the highest quality, wholesome pork products for their customers.
Ohio pork producers take pride in providing the proper care for the hogs on their farms and make it a top priority. Producers' livelihoods depend on using the best management practices to ensure the well being of their herds.
Nearly all of Ohio's hog farms raise their animals inside climate-controlled, state-of-the-art production facilities. This practice also allows farmers to closely monitor feeding habits and animal diets to ensure maximum food quality and nutrition.
Ohio hog farmers recognize that they have a moral and ethical obligation to provide for the humane treatment of their animals, through birth, life, illness and death. It is our responsibility to do the right thing.
To learn more about modern pork production and see firsthand how Ohio's hog farmers care for their animals, I encourage readers to visit OhioPorkTour.com.
Executive Vice President
Ohio Pork Producers Council