To produce quality beef, pork and poultry products, we understand the importance of feeding our livestock and poultry complete diets that are appropriate for their age, weight and sex. Providing high-quality diets every day requires purchasing high-grade feed ingredients year-round. Each JBS USA Live Pork hog operation procures feeds approved by our swine nutritionists who develop balanced rations that meet the needs of our growing animals and promote high-quality pork.
In Australia, feed commodities are procured in an open market. Grain comprises approximately 75 percent of feed purchased, and its procurement is managed centrally by the Feedlot Commodity Purchase Manager (CPM). Feedlot managers play an active role in the procurement of certain feedstuffs under the CPM’s direction. Feed can be purchased directly from the producer or may be purchased via a broker or trader. Feed is purchased by JBS Australia using a Commodity Purchase Contract, which is binding under Grain Trade Australia rules.
Feed for Pilgrim’s chickens is procured through our JBS USA risk management team. Pilgrim’s Live Production team members are responsible for procuring vitamins and minerals, veterinary supplies and pullets, which allows for increased flexibility to meet local challenges. Diets are formulated by poultry nutritionists to ensure that the metabolic and nutrient requirements of the chicken are met, no matter the production system utilized (i.e. vegetarian fed, antibiotic free, etc.).
Pilgrim’s Moy Park has also established a Responsible Sourcing Soy Policy for the soy fed to our chickens. While deforestation and responsible sourcing of soy is an evolving issue, Pilgrim’s Moy Park believes that a policy is an important and valuable tool that will help drive progress toward our broader sustainability objectives. In addition, it is crucial for building trust among our customers, team members, investors and other stakeholders and will strengthen our credibility as a responsible organization that is committed to developing our business in a sustainable and ethical way. We will continue to enhance and develop our Responsible Sourcing agenda, and will work diligently with our supply chain partners to increase transparency in sourcing practices and the use of deforestation-free soy in the supply chain of the feed for our chickens and in our products.
JBS USA Live Pork, JBS Australia Feedlot and Pilgrim’s businesses are independently responsible for the procurement of veterinary supplies for our cattle, hogs and poultry. Veterinary supplies are purchased from different animal pharmaceutical companies based on the requirements set forth by JBS USA veterinarians.