Family Farmers Proudly
SwineLink, a division of Premier Companies, provides comprehensive management to family-owned pork facilities. We provide world-class resources and services to family farms that allow them to efficiently operate their farm in a proven healthy, efficient, and environmentally sound way.
SwineLink is based on the three pillars of health, science and production. Health, not only for animals, but also for humans, using the latest scientific techniques, agricultural expertise and animal husbandry practices.
CARING FOR THE PIGS
Pig farming is a 365-day job, and the responsibility of animal care is shared by each individual involved in farming – from owners, to managers, animal caretakers, and the drivers who transport the pigs. There is a misconception that big, modern farms are less humane compared with the smaller farms of the past. The opposite is true. Huge strides in farm design, animal handling practices and veterinary medicine have enhanced pigs’ health and comfort. Today, farmers,
in collaboration with veterinarians and other agricultural experts, are more knowledgeable and better equipped than ever before to effectively care for the health and well-being of their pigs.
Farmers’ commitment to continuously improve practices has resulted in better methods in many areas of pig farming. Continue reading to learn how practices have evolved over time.
Providing safe, wholesome food is our most important responsibility. Ensuring pork food safety is a complex undertaking that requires awareness of the role that everyone plays in the food chain. On the farm, many factors can affect the safety of pork, which is why today’s farming operations employ a wide variety of technology and tech-niques to minimize food safety threats. Modern practices, such as raising pigs indoors and closely monitoring all aspects of biosecurity have vastly improved today’s pork in terms of safety and quality. Checks and balances help ensure the integrity and security of the food supply at every step in the process. The U.S. food supply chain has earned a global reputation for the safety of its products, and governmental oversight is part of the reason for this success. Fed-eral, state and local entities contribute to our nation’s food security safety net through regulation and inspection. The following entities have responsibility for various aspects of ensuring food safety in the United States:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- National Animal Identification System
- Food and Drug Administration
- Center for Veterinary Medicine
- National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System
- Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Animal Health Institute
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Food Safety and Inspection Service
- Institute of Food Technologists
- National Institute for Animal Agriculture
- World Health Organization
- World Organization for Animal Health
CARING FOR THE EARTH
Our farmers’ livelihoods are directly tied to the land, and we understand and acknowledge our responsibility to protect the environment. We are committed, through our ongoing environmental sustainability efforts, to safeguard natural resources for future generations.