As a professional dairy nutritionist, you represent the dairy industry whenever you talk to your relatives, neighbors and other members of the consuming public. Make sure they are aware of the basic animal-care principles developed by the Animal Agriculture Alliance:
- Food and water: Access to good-quality water and nutritionally balanced diets should be provided.
- Health and veterinary care: Provide appropriate veterinary care when needed; use science-based animal health programs including prudent product use.
- Environment: Provide living conditions adequate to meet the well-being needs of the animal.
- Husbandry practices: Use science-based husbandry practices.
- Handling: Use proper handling practices throughout the life of the animal.
- Transportation: Provide transportation that avoids undue stress.
"These principles are already adhered to and followed by the vast majority of our dairy and livestock producers as part of their daily herd management practices," Larry Chase, dairy nutritionist at Cornell University, told those attending the Cornell Nutrition Conference last October. "They want to do the right thing and practice good animal husbandry. The challenge facing the industry is conveying the information to the public," he said.