While traveling we rode together on a chartered bus and discussed topics such as media training and animal welfare. We are fortunate to have the chance to see all these facilities and now we can take this knowledge to inform the public about the process. Everything done at these operations served a purpose to improve animals’ health and well being. It’s good to have an inside view and know that animals a treated well, so that we can go out answers questions about animal agriculture. Veterinarians really do have a part in feeding the world.
The tour included stops at several veterinary clinics including Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, Circle H Headquarters in Dalhart, and MabankAnimalHospital. We also visited Murphy Brown LLC, a swine production operation; Full Circle Jerseys Dairy; the Dalhart Jersey Ranch, which raises replacement heifers; Cactus Feeders Southwest Feedyard; and several cow-calf operations. We also visited Hilmar Cheese Plant, Cargill Meat Solutions harvesting facility, TVMDL in Amarillo, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and Texas Animal Health Commission. We want to thank everyone that took time out of their schedules to interact and teach us about their operations and share their expertise.
We would especially like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Cocanougher of Decatur, who generously donated money for the trip so that students would have the opportunity to experience the different aspects of food animal production medicine.Without their support, this trip would not have been possible. Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health and Pfizer Animal Health also sponsored meals with practitioners. A special thank you to Dr. Dan Posey and Dr. Virginia Fajt for taking us on a spectacular adventure.