As a vocal proponent for animal agriculture, I receive letters, emails, social media messages and phone calls from those who read my column or listen to my commentary on the radio. Some throw shade. Some thank me for standing up for agriculture or sharing their story. I love receiving that feedback. I love knowing that there are so many people out there who believe that the majority of those involved in the livestock industry – from producers to veterinarians, government, and association representatives to allied industries – are noble in spirit.
Most people involved in animal agriculture in this country are working daily to be good stewards of the land, air, water, and livestock. We share a common goal of providing a safe and wholesome food supply while caring for and handling our livestock with the welfare of all as a top priority.