Taking Care of the Animals is Top Priority
At Smithfield Foods’ farms, caring for the pigs starts each morning with what the staff calls “rounds.” Over two to three hours, each pig is checked to ensure they have water and food, they’re eating and they’re in good physical condition. Pigs who seem unwell are examined.
At Smithfield, Lopez discovered that working with pigs was interesting – especially the production cycle and how the pigs reproduce. Smithfield has also provided him the opportunity to supplement his training with courses on subjects like genetics and sperm management.
As a veterinarian, Lopez shares his knowledge with his fellow employees, helping to answer questions and understand how to care for pigs. Every morning he leads a short meeting with his staff to discuss animal care and welfare issues, such as watering and feeding, humane handling, appropriate euthanasia, and shelter.