At Seaboard Foods, we use antibiotics for three main reasons
To treat a sick animal when diagnosed
To control the spread of disease among pigs housed together if several pigs have shown signs of illness
To prevent the spread of sickness in our herds where there may have been exposure or sickness is likely to occur
We administer antibiotics through water, medicated feed and needle-free injection.
We go the extra mile to ensure the safe and smart use of antibiotics on our farms.
Preserving the efficacy of antibiotics is incredibly important to us, so we limit our use of antibiotics that are used in both human and animal health (medically important antibiotics).
We do not use medically important antibiotics for human health to promote growth or for feed efficiency in our animals.
We maintain detailed records of all antibiotics used on our farms and adhere to (and often exceed) the mandated withdrawal times.
We closely follow guidance to ensure proper dosages and use antibiotics sparingly,at specific times in the animal’s life.
Everyone at Seaboard Foods has a role to play in ensuring the health and safety of our pigs, from our veterinarians and the many farm employees who work daily with our pigs, to the folks who operate our feed facilities and those who process our pork. Because we are connected across every aspect of raising our pigs and making our pork, we are constantly sharing knowledge so we are doing better by knowing better, every step of the way.
We know you have questions about how antibiotics are used to keep our pigs healthy. Read our Antibiotics Questions & Answers to find answers.
Additional Industry ResourcesAnimal Health InstituteFDA’s Efforts to Address Antibiotic ResistancePorkCares.orgU.S. Farmers and Ranchers AlliancePork Checkoff: Antibiotic Stewardship Supports Animal Health & Food Safety
Animal Health InstituteFDA’s Efforts to Address Antibiotic ResistancePorkCares.orgU.S. Farmers and Ranchers AlliancePork Checkoff: Antibiotic Stewardship Supports Animal Health & Food Safety
Animal Health Institute
FDA’s Efforts to Address Antibiotic Resistance
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance
Pork Checkoff: Antibiotic Stewardship Supports Animal Health & Food Safety