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Iowa Select Farms is continuing to refine what animal care should be, and is embedding a philosophy of caring for animals throughout all facets of production.
Iowa Select Farms employees Wendi Snider, animal well-being specialist (left) and Doug Keninger, nursery supervisor (right), evaluate animals while demonstrating proper animal handling procedures as part of a site audit.
Launched last summer at Iowa Select Farms, Iowa’s largest pork producer, SelectCare is about meeting the needs of individual pigs in the care of the company’s more than 1,000 employees and contractors.
To accomplish this key goal, the Iowa Falls-based company is continuing to refine what animal care should be, and is embedding a philosophy of caring for animals throughout all facets of production in the more than three dozen sow production sites and 500 wean-to-finish or grow-finish sites scattered across Iowa.
Leading the effort are the sow, nursery and finishing teams along with Howard Hill, DVM, director of Iowa Select’s animal well-being department.
“Ever since the inception of the company in 1993, our owner (Jeff Hansen) and management have had a desire to do the best we can as far as animal care and animal well-being,” Hill says. “But things have changed over time, expectations are different than they were five or 10 years ago and how we handle animals is different.”
“SelectCare is an enhancement to what we have been doing for a long, long time. Our entire production team is working on promoting a stronger culture of animal care,” adds P.J. Corns, director of sow production.
CEO Hansen has tasked employees with meeting three commitments: staying focused to provide the best animal care possible, welcoming the tools and resources to make the company better and adopting a continuous improvement mindset.