Zoetis accepting nominations for pig caregivers award

Farm Forum

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Do you know a pig caregiver who goes above and beyond to consistently provide superior pig care? Nominate him or her for the Honoring Caregivers award from Zoetis. Nominations for the Honoring Caregivers award — which recognizes exemplary pig caregivers and their positive contributions to the pork industry — are being accepted online at zoetisus.com/honoringcaregivers until Monday, June 30, 2014. Nominations also are being accepted at the Zoetis booth (#149 in the Varied Industries Building) at World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Pig caregivers can have a tiring and thankless job, but the work they do is extremely important to raise healthy pigs and protect our food supply,” said Gloria Basse, vice president, U.S. Pork Business Unit, Zoetis. “We look forward to sharing the stories of these dedicated people and the examples they set for others in our industry.”

From the nominations, five caregivers will be selected as winners and receive a trip to New York City in October 2014. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and given the red carpet treatment during an award reception.

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

“The care that pig caregivers provide is important to the entire pork industry, making it possible to bring high-quality and -value pork to market,” Basse said. “At Zoetis, we believe that outstanding caregivers deserve to be recognized for the remarkable work they do, and we are excited to do that through the Honoring Caregivers award.”

Any pig caregivers (not the farm owner) who 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, please visit zoetisus.com/honoringcaregivers.