Veterinarians from across the country are featured in a series of short videos demonstrating how food animals are cared for called Vet’s on Call.
Veterinarian with North Carolina’s Prestage Farms, Dr. Mathew Turner is part of the series:
“I was contacted about 18 months ago by the producer of this series of videos. He requested a few days of my time for he and a camera man to come out and follow me around to showcase what farm veterinarians are doing out in the field.”
The video featuring Turner demonstrates how newly weaned piglets are introduced into their new environment:
“That was the first farm that we visited. That is a pretty normal procedure for us, the first week in the nursery is a pretty important time, the transitioning from a milk diet to a dry feed diet. It’s a critical time and we spend a lot of time teaching people how to care for the pigs.”
While it would be ideal to allow anyone that asks into a pig barn, that’s just not feasible, Turner says this is the next best thing:
“We are very proud of what we do and we work very hard to take care of our pigs. We would love to show everyone but that’s not easy and this video is a great way to do that.”
All of this is contributing to the continuous effort of educating the public about where their food comes from, and how it’s raised. Turner:
“I am really proud of what we do, raising animals, and really would like to show case the positive aspects of animal agriculture, especially in NC.”
Dr. Mathew Turner, veterinarian for Prestage Farms. Zoetis, formerly Pfizer animal Health is sponsoring the videos, to view the series – go to (www.youtube.com/vetsoncall).