Do farmers routinely use antibiotics, hormones and drugs and to keep sick animals alive and healthy?
A. Animal scientists, veterinarians and on-farm experience show animals kept in housing are generally healthier because they are protected. Farm animals do sometimes get sick. To prevent illness and to ensure that an animal remains healthy all of its life, farmers will take preventive measures, like using animal health products. These products are generally included in a scientifically-formulated feed that matches the animal’s needs. This is the simplest way to ensure each animal gets the care it needs. Q. Will my property value be negatively impacted because I live next to a hog farm or one seeking to increase in size? A. There is no conclusive evidence positive or negative regarding the value of a property adjacent to a CAFO. Reliable economic studies from land grant universities across the US indicate that animal agriculture has a positive impact upon the rural economy and quality of life. Indiana pork producers provide $3 billion to Indiana’s economy each year as well as spending m