I hope you all have had a great summer since the last time I posted. Get your fill of sunshine and ice cream and all the other summer delights while it’s still warm and sunny! For those of you in agriculture, I know it means fair season! I wish the best of luck to you, your kids, and, your loved ones in the show ring. For those of you who don’t show, I encourage you all to attend a county fair and take a look at the animals young agriculturalists have worked so hard to get ready for the fair, and talk to them and their parents to educate yourself about these animals and their care!
I know my summer has turned out to be busier than expected, and my county fair is fast approaching. Due to personal circumstances, I will not be bringing my team of Belgian geldings to the fair this year, but I am excited to be helping out my boyfriend’s Clydesdale farm. For the love of draft horses! ❤
Today I wanted to talk about antibiotics, which I know is another hot topic. I don’t want to get into the nitty gritty and all into the scientific details, I just want to relay what exactly goes on inside of a pig barn when it comes to antibiotics, hopefully dispelling some of the assumptions made about antibiotic usage in pigs. First and foremost, antibiotics are used. BUT they are not used as growth stimulants or growth enhancers, they are used as they are needed for treatment of illnesses, as prescribed by the barn’s veterinarian. They are not for any other use purpose but for treating.
And no, these antibiotics will not be in the pork you eat. For every drug that is administered to the sows or piglets (or boars), there is a withdrawal time. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, “Regulatory authorities establish maximum residue limits (MRLs) or tolerances and set withdrawal times that ensure residues of the active constituent will not exceed the MRL when the label instructions for the product are followed.” Thus, when a drug is administered to any of the animals in the barn, it is recorded at least in two different places, with the withdrawal time of the drug recorded as well. These animals cannot be sent out to be processed until this withdrawal time is up. This is how pork producers protect your pork. The same goes for all food animal products.
Until next time, enjoy the rays!