Caring for animals is always a top priority of livestock farmers. A livestock farmer’s success depends on healthy animals. Raising livestock looks different than it did in years past thanks to new technology and improvements in animal care. For example, raising livestock indoors keeps animals out of harsh weather conditions and protects them from diseases, parasites, and predators. Livestock organizations have developed programs to educate farmers about best management practices in animal care, food safety, worker safety, public health, and much more. Programs such as Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus), and Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) educate farmers about best management practices to ensure animals are well cared for and quality food products end up on store shelves. Many meatpacking and milk processing companies require that farmers participate in these programs to ensure humane treatment of animals and ensure their products meet quality standards. One common area of concern revolves around the use of antibiotics for livestock health. Strict federal guidelines are in place to ensure the safe and necessary administration of antibiotics, often done so under the supervision of trained veterinarians. Farmers take the responsible use of antibiotics seriously and continue to reduce their use. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the sale and distribution of medically important antibiotics for food producing animals has fallen 43% since 2015.5 The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also inspect and test meat and dairy products to ensure that consumers are always provided with safe and wholesome options. I L L I N O I S A G R I C U L T U R E : L E T ’ S G R O W | C A R I N G F O R A N I M A L S 4,832 PQA PLUS CERTIFICATIONS ILLINOIS HAS WITH 778 SITES ASSESSED AS PART OF THE PROGRAM. 3,000+ ILLINOIS CATTLEMEN & WOMEN ARE BQA-CERTIFIED. 600 ILLINOIS DAIRY FARMS, APPROXIMATELY THE MAJORITY OF DAIRY FARMS WITH AN ILLINOIS “GRADE A” MILK PERMIT ARE ENROLLED IN FARM. 9 5  United State Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm628504.htm