Our business can only be successful if the family farmers and ranchers who supply livestock and poultry to our operations are profitable. Their success leads to more vibrant rural communities, increased economic opportunities for rural families and a consistent supply of high-quality livestock and poultry products that our customers have come to expect and enjoy.

Open dialogue and strong relationships with our family farm and ranch partners are the conduits for success across our supply chain.

“Family farm or ranch” is any farm or ranch organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership or family corporation where the majority of the business is owned and controlled by a person and his or her relatives.

Beef and Small Stock Suppliers

JBS USA Beef

>8.0MM

head of cattle purchased in 2018

>6,300

family farm and ranch partners in 2018

>$12.1B

paid to our family farm and ranch partners in 2018

JBS Australia

>5.6MM

head of livestock purchased in 2018

12,353

family farm partners in 2018

>$2.2B

paid to our family farm partners in 2018

In 2018, JBS USA Beef and JBS Food Canada purchased more than eight million head of cattle from approximately 6,300 family farm and ranch partners and paid them $12.1 billion to supply our 10 beef production facilities. JBS Australia purchased approximately 5.6 million head of livestock, including cattle, lambs, sheep, goats, hogs and veal calves, to supply its 12 production facilities and paid their 12,353 family farm and ranch partners $2.2 billion. Each JBS USA business unit has procurement teams that work with our sales and operations teams to make sure that livestock supply is consistent and meets the quality specifications of our customers.

Livestock are purchased from family farm, ranch, auction market and feedlot partners that are local to each production facility by livestock buyers in that region. In 2018, approximately 16 percent of the cattle JBS Australia purchased were sourced from our six JBS Australia feedlots.

In the U.S. and Canada all cattle suppliers are required to sign an affidavit indicating their compliance with governmental regulations, state or national quality and animal-welfare certification programs and/or specific process verified program specifications.

The traditional beef supplier affidavit ensures the following:

  • Cattle sold to our production facilities that were administered pharmaceuticals and/or agricultural chemicals received these compounds in compliance with the proper routes of administration, withdrawal times, FDA or CFIA approval and on-label dosages for herd health and production of feedstuffs. If off-label pharmaceutical use is warranted, administration under a recognized veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) is required.
  • Family farm, ranch, auction market and feedyards supplying cattle to our production facilities are in compliance with Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) or Dairy Beef Quality Assurance (DBQA) Certification and Verification programs in the U.S. and with the National Farm Animal Care Council and the Certified Livestock Transport Program in Canada. These programs include compliance with and implementation of Herd Health Plans, Care and Husbandry Practices and Master Cattle Transporter certifications. All suppliers in Canada are in compliance with Part XII Transportation of Animals section of the Health of Animals Act, S.C. 1990, c.2., and in the U.S., all cattle are humanely handled according to USDA FSIS (Directive 6900.1, Disabled Livestock) and BQA or DBQA Guidelines for Care and Handling of Cattle. JBS USA, JBS Food Canada or a third party may visit the supplier’s facilities to monitor and verify compliance with these programs.
  • Cattle sold to JBS USA and JBS Food Canada are managed in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on feeding identified mammalian-derived protein materials to ruminant animals or with the Mammalian-to-Ruminant Feeding Ban SOR/97-362 (Amendments to the Regulations Respecting the Health of Animals, SOR/91-525), made pursuant to the Health of Animals Act, S.C. 1900 c and that the cattle have not been fed poultry litter. Copies of purchase invoices and labeling for all feeds containing mammalian proteins will be maintained for a minimum of one year, and copies are made available to JBS USA, JBS Food Canada, the FDA or CFIA. A JBS USA or JBS Food Canada representative may inspect feed-production facilities to monitor compliance or obtain feed samples for analysis.
  • Cattle presented to JBS USA and JBS Food Canada for slaughter, excluding cull cows, are grain-fed.
  • All animals delivered to JBS Food Canada were not born or raised in Ontario, Canada.
  • Prior to the sale of any applicable cattle, suppliers are informed of the details, specifics and/or pricing formulas relating to the sale of cattle to JBS USA and, when applicable, the expected date and place of slaughter, carcass price, condemnation terms, description of the carcass trim, grading to be used and accounting, as well as any special conditions.
  • Cattle imported from Mexico and Canada and delivered to JBS USA through feedyards are legally imported and either resided in the U.S. for at least 100 days prior to being offered for slaughter or were offered for direct slaughter from Canada.
  • The Affidavit is executed without any duress or coercion and, if desired, with legal counsel.

Process verified programs that require additional specifications, such as no added hormones, antibiotic-free, organic and grass finished include additional affidavit requirements.

In an effort to enhance transparency within our supply chain, we are also encouraging our feedyard partners to add their feedyard to the precompetitive NCBA Feedyard Assessment Database by Jan 1, 2020. We believe this producer-managed, precompetitive, voluntary database demonstrates producer commitment to environmental stewardship, animal care and beef quality. We anticipate approximately 50 percent of our feedyard partners will participate. In addition, we will ensure third-party verification of the BQA Feedyard Assessment for 25 percent of our fed cattle supply by Jan. 1, 2020.  We will reassess both approaches based on market conditions, producer interest and participation, and customer feedback in 2020.

In Australia, all livestock that are consigned for sale are required to have a National Vendor Declaration (NVD), which is the main document that upholds the Australian meat and livestock food-safety reputation and product traceability. When the NVD is signed, the producer declares compliance with the Livestock Producer Assurance (LPA) program, which is an independently audited on-farm food-safety certification program. The NVD contains important information on the husbandry of livestock consigned for harvest. In addition, before livestock leave their property of birth, they must be tagged with an approved National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) device. This allows animal movements to be recorded in a national database and provides the assurance of livestock trace-back to the property of birth and trace-forward from the property of birth.

Our Pilgrim’s Moy Park Orléans business purchases beef for further processing. They source beef only from approved suppliers that are audited annually for food safety and animal welfare. They have also developed contracting initiatives with French beef farmers associations. This approach aims to secure part of the French supply in an otherwise declining cattle marketplace, but especially to guarantee a market for farmers looking for an alternative to a volatile and uncertain market. This program has the following attributes:

  • Secures Pilgrim’s Moy Park Beef Orléans supplies through dedicated animals on farms
  • A set price independent of market fluctuations, which guarantees economic efficiency and income security for all, starting with engaged farmers
  • Ensures that farmers have a market and a medium- to long-term vision to plan production and investment
  • Enhances production of cattle from farms that meet the Charter of Good Breeding Practices

Pilgrim’s Moy Park Beef Orléans also encourages its suppliers to purchase cattle from farms involved in the Good Farming Practices scheme. In France, it is the “Charte des Bonnes Pratiques d’élevage” established by the CNE (National Livestock Confederation), which was chosen as the approved standard. The meat from the Netherlands and Ireland also comes from programs that guarantee the Good Farming Practices. One hundred percent of our 1,600 contracted farm partners are audited for animal welfare and environmental performance.

At JBS USA, we have a diverse customer base that requests a broad range of attributes in the beef products we provide. To meet these requests, we have multiple branded beef programs that have additional requirements and certifications.

Branded Beef Program Requirements

Programs Program Requirements
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  • Cattle have been fed a high-energy cereal-based vegetarian diet for a minimum of 100 days.
  • Cattle have been raised according to Global GAP standards.
  • Cattle will be AusMeat YG cipher (30 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Cattle have been raised without the use of hormones.
  • Cattle treated with any antibiotics will serve the minimum prescribed Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) prior to slaughter
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  • Cattle are sourced from properties and comply with the USDA NOP Organic Certification standard.
  • Cattle have never received growth promotants of any kind.
  • Cattle have never been administered antibiotics.
  • Cattle have never been fed genetically modified ingredients.
  • Cattle will be AusMeat S cipher (42 months of age) or younger at the time of slaughter.
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  • Cattle have never received growth promotants of any kind.
  • Cattle have never been administered antibiotics.
  • Cattle have a minimum of 50% Red or Black Angus genetics with no Dairy or Brahman influence.
  • Cattle were born and raised in the U.S. and verified through cattle origin or brand ID on affidavit.
  • Cattle were raised in compliance with the American Humane Certified™ Farm Animal Care Standards for beef cattle.
  • Cattle have been fed a 100% vegetarian diet and have never been fed animal byproducts.
  • Cattle will be less than 30 months of age at slaughter.
  • A minimum of 10% of suppliers are inspected annually for compliance by a JBS USA representative or a third party.
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  • Cattle have been fed a high-energy cereal-based vegetarian diet for a minimum of 100 days.
  • Cattle will be AusMeat PR cipher (42 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Cattle treated with any antibiotics will serve the minimum prescribed Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) prior to slaughter.
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  • Cattle have been fed a 100% vegetarian diet.
  • Cattle have never been given added hormones and have not been administered antibiotics within 300 days of harvest.
  • Cattle are purebred and U.S. born and raised.
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  • Cattle are 100% grass fed and grass finished.
  • Cattle have never been fed grain, have had continuous access to pasture during the growing season and are fed stored forages during the winter months.
  • Cattle have never been fed animal byproducts.
  • Cattle have never been given antibiotics or added hormones.
  • Producers must provide cattle affidavit upon arrival at harvest to prove cattle were raised in compliance of our strict program protocols.
  • A third-party company, Where Food Comes From, verifies producers remain compliant.
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  • Cattle and lambs have been raised in accordance with the JBS Farm Assurance Program.
  • Cattle and lambs have been fed a 100% grass diet.
  • Cattle and sheep have been raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
  • Cattle will be AusMeat YP cipher (36 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Lamb will be AusMeat L cipher (approx. 12 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Lambs will only be sourced from meat breeds.
  • Cattle will not contain any Bos Indicus or dairy breed content.
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  • Cattle and lambs have been raised in accordance with the JBS Farm Assurance program.
  • Cattle have been fed a 100% grass diet.
  • Cattle have been raised without the use of hormones, antibiotics or GMOs.
  • Cattle will be AusMeat YP cipher (36 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Cattle will not contain any Bos Indicus or dairy breed content.
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  • Cattle will be AusMeat YG cipher (30 months of age) or less at slaughter.
  • Cattle will be fed a minimum of 70 days on a grain ration.
  • Cattle treated with any antibiotics will serve the minimum prescribed Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) prior to slaughter.
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  • Cattle have been raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.
  • Cattle have been fed 100% vegetarian diet and have never been fed animal byproducts.
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  • Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International.
  • Cattle have been raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.
  • Cattle have been fed a GMO-free diet.

Pork Suppliers

JBS USA Pork

>20.5MM

hogs purchased

~1,000

family farm partners

$2.9B

paid to family farm partners

In 2018, JBS USA Pork purchased more than 20.5 million hogs from approximately 1,000 family farmers for $2.9 billion to supply our five U.S. pork production facilities. Our hog procurement teams work with our sales and operations teams to ensure that hog supply is consistent and meets customer specifications.

JBS USA Pork sources hogs from our contract finishing partners (who finish the baby pigs produced through our Live Pork business unit), contract family farms and independent family farms. In 2018, approximately 14 percent of our total hog supply was sourced from JBS Live Pork contract finishing partners. We require all family farm partners that finish and supply hogs to JBS USA to be certified and site-assessed according to the Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) Program administered by the National Pork Board. We also contract with an independent third party to conduct random audits against the requirements outlined in the Common Swine Industry Audit, a PAACO-certified swine industry platform for producers, packers and processors that provides consumers with greater assurances regarding animal well-being and food-safety practices. The information gleaned from on-farm visits serves as verification of best management practices and proper employee training and is a tool for JBS USA Pork to provide feedback to all hog suppliers for continuous improvement.

In Australia, most pork for our further processing business is imported; however, we do operate one facility that has a maximum capacity of 13,000 hogs per week. Hogs that are consigned for sale are required to have an NVD, and they must be tagged with an approved NLIS device.

Our Pilgrim’s Moy Park Business purchases pork for further processing from approved suppliers who are audited annually for food safety and animal welfare.

JBS USA Pork enjoys a diverse customer base that requests a broad range of attributes in the pork products we provide. To meet these requests, we have branded pork programs that have additional requirements and certifications.

Branded Pork Program Requirements

Programs Program Requirements
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  • Hogs have never received growth promotants of any kind.
  • Hogs have never been administered antibiotics.
  • Hogs have never been fed ractopamine.
  • Hogs were born and raised in the U.S.
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  • Hogs have a minimum of 50% Duroc genetics.
  • Hogs were born in the U.S. or Canada and raised in the U.S.

Poultry Suppliers

Pilgrim's

>2.2B

chickens raised by our family farm partners

>5,400

family farm partners in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe

>$1.1B

paid to family farm partners in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe

In 2018, Pilgrim’s partnered with more than 5,400 U.S., Puerto Rican, Mexican and European family farm partners and paid them more than $1.1 billion to raise our chickens. In the U.S., we do not own poultry facilities, but work in partnership with family farmers to whom we provide poultry and feed, as well as technical and veterinary services. In Europe and Mexico, we own poultry facilities in addition to working in partnership with family farmers. Our family farm partners provide the labor, housing, bedding and, most important, knowledge and expertise essential to maintaining the Pilgrim’s standards of excellence.

In 2018, our family farm partners raised more than 2.2 billion chickens according to our Animal Welfare Program. We audit a subset of our U.S. family farm partners according to our Animal Welfare Program using internal Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organizations (PAACO) certified team members and third-party external auditors.

In Mexico, every farm is audited in compliance with Mexican government standards, including SADER (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), CPA (Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of Diseases and Other Exotic Animal Diseases), SAGARPA (Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food), SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural resources) and State Civil Protection. In Europe, all poultry farms are Red Tractor approved, and our farms meet or exceed Red Tractor, Bord Bia or equivalent welfare standards. Farms are audited to this standard by independent and approved certification bodies.

In addition, for purchased meats, Pilgrim’s Moy Park operates under a Policy for Supply Chain Assurance for meat and ingredients, ensuring that meat products come from approved suppliers who operate to a minimum Red Tractor or equivalent standard.

Pilgrim’s also enjoys a diverse customer base that requests a broad range of attributes in the chicken products we provide. To meet these requests, we have branded poultry products that have additional requirements and certifications.

Branded Chicken Program Requirements

Programs Program Requirements
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  • Farm has passed the American Humane Certified™ Farm Program assessment based on a list of more than 200 standards unique to chickens.
  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable- and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
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  • Certified USDA Organic.
  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable- and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
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  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.
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  • Chickens have been fed 100% vegetable- and grain-based diet.
  • Chickens have never been given antibiotics.

JBS USA Live Pork and JBS Australia Feedlot Suppliers

JBS USA Live Pork

500

contract finishing partners

170,000

company-owned sows

$130MM

paid to contract sow and finish partners

JBS Australia Feedlots

>1,900

independent family farm and ranch partners

Our JBS USA Live Pork operation produces more than 3.5 million market hogs raised by our 500 contract farming partners. The JBS USA Live Pork operation maintains approximately 170,000 sows on both company and contract family owned facilities to supply hogs for our contract grow-finish partners. In 2018, we paid our contract sow and contract grow-finish partners $130 million to raise our hogs.

In Australia, more than 265,000 head of cattle are purchased from more than 1,900 independent farmers and ranchers by JBS Livestock Buyers who are located across the key cattle-producing regions of the eastern states of Australia. Feedlot cattle are purchased through direct transaction with the producer on the farm in an open-market grid basis. Bid prices are controlled centrally by the JBS Australia Livestock Manager.