There are several issues addressed by this letter, the first of which is video monitoring. Tyson suggests that placing video cameras throughout your farm to ensure that employees are following proper procedures. This includes monitoring the treatment of animals, as well as making sure that employees are following protocols to reduce contamination or the spread of disease.
Another issue being raised concerns pain management and Tyson wrote in its letter that pain management for procedures like tail docking and castration should be provided for animals. However with the current scenario that no approved drugs are found for such pain management, Tyson suggests that farmers along with a trusted veterinarian discuss it along with its own corporate effort on research.
The issue by which Tyson was with a harder stand on is relative to the cessation of the use of manual blunt force euthanasia in killing piglets by some farms. Hog farmers can have several alternatives which are more humane. Improving the housing conditions of all animals are also being raised by Tyson. What it primarily seeks is for farmers to make sure that sows and piglets are room in such that they can move about freely.
Agricultural waste management, although not addressed by the Tyson letter, is an important part of hog farming and there are actually some very easy ways to reduce common waste problems such as sludge build-up, foaming, crusting and even reduce the odors and flies so prevalent near waste pits and waste lagoons.
A natural product such as AgraSphere can be used as this is by far the easiest way to deal with issues and prevent its occurrence, even. As there are no chemicals contained in this sphere you can be sure that only natural bacteria microbes work to eat away waste thus helping in liquefying waste. Microbes can be instantly released upon tossing the biodegradable spheres into the waste pit or lagoon. Aside from preventing the problems to occur, the nutrient value of the waste is also improved and so better fertilizers for crops can be produced as additional means for hog farmers to earn extra income.
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