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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
July 11, 2013 12:01 a.m.



Panera Bread has recently advertised their use of antibiotic-free chicken. The commercials are cute but the claims are false and misleading.

On its website, the company claims that antibiotic-free chicken is simply better and even tastes better. While no farmer condones the overuse of antibiotics, animal owners know that sick animals are not happy or productive animals. Therefore, we as cattle owners believe in the responsible use of antibiotics to help our animals overcome illness.

We work diligently to maintain clean and healthy living conditions for our animals but illness cannot be completely prevented. Therefore, we use the resources we have available – including antibiotics – to treat sick cattle. When we do that we follow strict guidelines that mandate how long an animal must be removed from the herd to allow the antibiotic to completely exit its system. It is only after that has happened that the animal is allowed back into the herd and eligible for processing.

Animals are not slaughtered with antibiotics in their system, which means you never eat beef – or chicken – with antibiotics. So while Panera may have great bagels, it does not have superior chicken. All chicken is antibiotic because animal owners practice responsible antibiotic use.

Read more about what antibiotic-free labels actually mean at the CommonGround website: http://findourcommonground.com/2013/04/label-lessons-antibiotic-free/

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