Historically, the livestock industry has addressed common production challenges, such as poor carcass and meat quality, poor reproduction and lameness, as singular issues. It is now clearer that there is a common root cause that links these production issues: chronic or imbalanced inflammation. Inflammation is necessary for life and is the first step in the healing or repair process that helps the body fight off bacteria, pathogens and their toxins and repair damaged tissue. If you’ve ever twisted your ankle, been stung by an insect or cut your finger, you may have experienced first hand the familiar sensations of pain, redness, swelling, and heat that result from an injury or infection. This is inflammation in action.