Five pig caregivers rose to the top above more than 130 nominations to become Honoring Caregivers Award winners recognized by Zoetis for their contributions to the pork industry.
This year’s Honoring Caregivers are:
- Lance Dunbar, a senior production manager with Professional Swine Management in Carthage, IL. Dunbar is dedicated to following all treatment, biosecurity and animal handling procedures for the farms and pigs he oversees. He also is a Pork Quality Assurance adviser who helps others learn about proper pig care.
- Amy Fogarty, a farrowing manager with Reicks View Farms in Lawler, IA, who leads the implementation of the farm’s animal welfare policy. Fogarty cares for other caregivers as well; she organized a community fundraiser to help a fellow caregiver fight cancer.
- Robin Franzen of Riceville, IA, is a caregiver at a wean-to-finish farm, and is known for putting in extra time to nurse ill pigs back to health. Her attention to disease prevention and treatments has helped the farm reach 97% Grade A market pigs.
- Erin McCoy, a grow-finish field supervisor with Pipestone System in Pipestone, MN, known for filling in wherever she is needed to help care for pigs. She also serves as a mentor for those looking to learn more about swine care.
- Brenda Riemenschneider Afton, IA, is a farrowing manager with Iowa Select Farms, who started as an intern with Iowa Select Farms, and her dedication to pig care has helped her advance. She is noted for her positive attitude and strong work ethic that helps the pigs and other caregivers.
The five award recipients will be honored during a reception in New York City this month. Each honoree also will receive a $1,000 cash prize.
An independent panel of judges evaluated the nominees 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.