Pig caregivers who go above and beyond for animal care could earn the Honoring Caregivers award from Zoetis and a $1,000 cash prize, the company has announced.
Nominations for the Honoring Caregivers award — which recognizes caregivers and their positive contributions to the pork industry — are being accepted on the Zoetis website until Monday, June 22, 2015.
Nominations also are being accepted at the Zoetis booth at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.
"Pig caregivers work hard to raise healthy pigs and protect our food supply, but their efforts can go unrecognized," said Gloria Basse, vice president, U.S. Pork Business Unit, Zoetis. "In 2014, we honored five deserving caregivers, and we are looking forward to sharing the stories of more dedicated pig caregivers and the positive examples they set for other animal caregivers."
From the nominations, five caregivers will be selected as winners and receive a trip to New York City in September, 2015. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
Farm owners, veterinarians and others working in the pork industry are encouraged to nominate qualified farm employees.
Nominated caregivers will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges based on their demonstration of commitment to the three pillars of superior pig care:
• Proper treatment: Commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics to protect both animal and human health
• Proper disease prevention: Commitment to maintaining proper biosecurity, hygiene and vaccination protocols to prevent disease
• Proper pig handling: Commitment to proper pig handling techniques to ensure pig well-being
"Caregivers who focus on biosecurity, proper pig handling and appropriate treatment for illness, make it possible to bring high-quality and high-value pork to market," Basse said.
Any individuals who are directly involved with the daily care of pigs and are legally employed in the United States are eligible to be nominated and selected as a winner.
For more information on the Honoring Caregivers award and the official contest rules, visit the Honoring Caregivers Web page.