Common Production Practices

Explore day-to-day farming and ranching operations.

Hormones and Growth Tools

What Options Are There If You Prefer Meat From Animals Not Given Beta-Agonists?

Consumers have the right to make choices on what type of meat they buy at the grocery store. If they…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

All About Beta-Agonists

What are Beta-Agonists? Beta-agonists (beta agonists), such as ractopamine and zilpaterol, are animal feed ingredients that help animals make the…

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Hormones and Growth Tools

Animals That Generally Do And Don’t Receive Growth Hormones

Beef: Supplemental hormones are used in about 95 percent of cattle production in the U.S. to synchronize cow reproductive cycles,…

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Animal Welfare

Why Some Animals are Raised Outdoors and Others Indoors

Raising animals indoors or outdoors is a choice that farmers and ranchers make based on what is best for them…

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Animal Welfare

What is the Difference Between Products Labeled Cage-Free and Free Range?

Cage-free: A product label that says "cage-free” means that hens are able to stretch their wings and move around freely…

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Animal Welfare

Why Do Farmers Use Gestation Crates?

Gestation stalls or individual stalls were first introduced in the 1960s as a way to help protect and nurture all…

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Animal Welfare

Are Undercover Videos Really Telling the Truth about Farming and Ranching?

Animal safety, health and comfort are top priorities for farmers and ranchers. They care deeply about their animals and take…

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Animal Welfare

Are Animals Slaughtered Humanely?

Slaughter methods in food production can be uneasy to watch, to read about or even think about. However, farmers and…

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Animal Welfare

“Grass-fed”, “Grain-Fed”, “Non-GMO” – Labels and Animal Nutrition.

There are many different labels in the food industry from “grass-fed” to “non-GMO” but what do they mean? The agricultural…

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Animal Welfare

Transportation Of Animals – How Is This Done Safely?

There are many reasons why farm animals may need to be moved or transported – including re-stocking, moving from drought…

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