Blog: Farm innovations improve worker, pig safety

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Farm innovation is often overshadowed by front-page news or controversies that animal activists have brought up. We often don’t hear about the interesting things that are up and coming for pork producers. Animal agriculturists do more than promote, defend, and raise our product. Innovation is what we look for in this ever changing world.

Needle-free injection technology has been in research and development for several years. Needle injection has been used to a great extent because of its low cost, but needle-free administration is becoming more prominent on farms because of pork quality assurance. There are both advantages and disadvantages to this product.

Advantages include: a decrease in bent/broken needles, consistency of vaccine delivery, decrease in vaccine amount, decrease in disease spread, and minimization of worker accidents. These are all great advantages to have on a farm, as owners and managers strive to have a safe and efficient workplace.

Disadvantages are: cost to start using this technology, purchase and disposal of CO2 tanks, maintenance, and training. These are drawbacks, Disadvantages are: cost to start using this technology, purchase and disposal of CO2 tanks, maintenance, and training. These are drawbacks, but in my opinion, they are not enough to outweigh the advantages of needle-less technology.

Improvements to industry standards are always happening. Research and development are constantly taking place. Producers and innovators need to work together so we can accomplish the goal of producing a quality product efficiently and safely for both animals and workers.

Are you using needle-free technology on your farm? What have been your experiences with it? We would like to know!

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