Our Animal Care Program
places prevention foremost
If our animals become sick, we know it is right to provide treatment to help them become well again.
Our team of veterinarians lead the decision-making process.
Dr. Bethany Heitkamp, Dr. Don Davidson, Dr. Tim Barman
Cooper Farms is committed to ensuring each animal has the best care.
Communication and training with team members and contract growers is essential to maintain the best care for our animals. Our animal care program is led by staff veterinarians who are supported by a team of health service specialists. Health service specialists are constantly in contact with our veterinarians and growers, both in person and over the phone.
HOW WE CARE FOR OUR ANIMALS
3 Company Veterinarians
388 Contract Family Farmers
23 Health Service Specialists
Internal Auditors & 3rd Party Audits
All animals are housed indoors, with the utmost attention given to ample space, proper ventilation and air quality, comfortable temperatures, health, as well as sanitation.
No matter the type of barn layout, Cooper Farms is committed to providing a healthy space for our animals to grow.
A variety of marketing programs exist to give consumers options when shopping in the grocery store. For example, Cooper Farms raises turkeys that meet requirements to participate in the No Antibiotics Ever marketing program.
Chicken layers participate in a variety of egg marketing programs, which determine the type of housing. We believe all of these housing options provide optimal conditions for healthy chickens.
80% of our sow farms have open pen gestation
All farms in the United States will transition to 100% open pen gestation by 2025. We are on track to complete the transition by 2022.
20% of our turkeys participate in the no antibiotics ever marketing program
All turkeys are raised in barns, without cages. This is typical for the turkey industry.
By 2021, we aim to increase to 40% cage-free style barns. 50% by 2023.
Currently, 75% of our chickens are in conventional style barns. 25% are cage-free style.