At Mercer Farms, we’ve always believed that we have a deeply-rooted responsibility to the communities we operate in. That is not only true in terms of the procedures we follow when hiring in Mercer County, but with regard to how we operate on a daily basis as well.
Some people think that production jobs in this context in particular are relatively straightforward. In reality, they have a much bigger impact than most realize. This is true for a wide range of different ways, all of which are worth a closer look.
Going Above and Beyond With Animal Care
One of the biggest ways that we adhere to our firm commitment at Mercer Farms comes by way of our animal care program. Our animals are critically important, which is why we emphasize prevention first and foremost.
We have a team of experienced, passionate veterinarians that helped put together this program and any sick animal is serviced by a specialist to make them well again.
Another shining example of our commitment – and of the major impact that production jobs can make – has to do with the steps we go to in order to help preserve our fragile environment. Note that this wasn’t something that we simply “did once and forgot about.” On a regular basis we re-evaluate all the steps that we’re taking and whenever we find room for improvement, that is an opportunity that we happily capitalize on.
In 2017, for example, we can measure how many pounds of recycled materials we were using on a daily basis to make sure that we could do as much as possible. This has also led us to being totally landfill free, regardless of how large we continue to grow.
At this point, more than 20% of our entire company’s electricity is recyclable – a number that we pledge to increase in the future. We’ve already installed solar panels at one of our turkey breeder farms, which are on the horizon. We use wind turbines and produce more than 13 million kilowatt-hours to enable energy in 2022 alone.
Food Safety, Always
Finally, production jobs in Mercer County are a big part of our commitment to food safety. All of our meat plans have quality teams that constantly test to make sure that our food safety levels are among the highest in the industry. We also work regularly with the USDA and have personnel from that fine organization at each plant. We also prioritize ongoing education to make sure that all team members are aware of current best practices regarding food safety and that they have the most complete and accurate knowledge to work from at all times.
If you’d like to find out more information about the impact of production jobs in Mercer County, or if you have any additional questions that you’d like to go over with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Cooper Farms today.