Healthy flock and herds are a prerequisite to producing safe, wholesome, high-quality foods. In addition to the moral imperative of treating animals with the best possible care, farmers have long known that disease, stress and injury to animals are clear impediments to effective farm operations. Ohio livestock farmers make it a priority to provide clean, well-ventilated facilities and provide ample living space in compliance with nationally recognized standards. Additionally, farmers work every day to implement comprehensive disease-prevention programs, practice proper handling techniques to eliminate any undue stress to animals, and use preventive veterinary care measures to protect the health of flocks and herds and the safety of the food supply.