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Implementing New Ideas

Pilgrim’s USA

The Pilgrim’s USA team eliminated the use of chemical disinfectants in their hatcheries and replaced them by using technology that makes soap and disinfectant out of salt, water and electricity. In addition, the team has nearly eliminated the use of chemical insecticides in breeder houses through the use of small wasp larva that kill flies.…

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Annual JBS USA Animal Welfare Training

JBS USA Pork and Beef

The JBS USA Pork and Beef animal welfare team, inclusive of corporate animal welfare managers, procurement, operations and humane handling departments at each of our hog and beef production facilities, hosted their annual animal welfare training conference at Fair Oaks Farms. The team heard from industry thought leaders, discussed best management practices, shared challenges and…

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Improved Animal Welfare Performance

JBS USA Pork

The JBS USA Pork team had an impressive year related to improvement in animal welfare performance. In total, the JBS USA pork production facilities did not experience any line shut-downs from NOIE (Notice of Intended Enforcement Letter) or NOS (Notice of Suspension) and reduced non-compliances by 67 percent.

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Humane Euthanasia Program

JBS USA Pork

In 2018, the JBS USA Pork animal welfare team developed a consistent captive bolt stunning program and standard operating procedures for all of our hog processing facilities. In the event that a hog arrives at our facility who is unable to walk to our stunning areas, it is our ethical obligation to euthanize that animal…

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Focused on Compliance with PQA+

JBS USA Live Pork

The JBS USA Live Pork team worked diligently in 2018 to implement multiple new animal welfare training programs and facilitate a huge push to increase PQA+ compliance. The efforts of these team members to drive improvements across the business resulted in the accomplishment of nearly all of Live Pork’s animal welfare training goals. JBS USA…

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Setting Welfare Commitments

Pilgrim’s Mexico

Pilgrim’s Mexico has a corporate commitment on the proper management and welfare of the chickens under their care. The commitment is signed by the general management and is based on current regulations, federal animal health law and the guides and animal welfare manuals established by SAGARPA (now SADER).

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A Founding Member of ICASA

JBS USA

In 2018, JBS USA became a founding member of the International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) is a public-private partnership advancing research on animal health and welfare as well as antimicrobial stewardship in agriculture. This consortium was created by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to increase investment in research promoting the…

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Cattle Buyers are BQA Certified

JBS USA Beef

Developed by NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is a producer driven, voluntary program that provides education to U.S. beef producers on best management practices. A nationally-developed and state-implemented program, BQA guidelines are designed to promote best practices related to herd health, animal handling, residue avoidance…

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Investing in Hatcheries

Pilgrim’s Moy Park

In 2018, Moy Park opened the U.K.’s largest state-of-the-art hatchery at Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, creating 55 new jobs in the area. The new facility supplies 60 farms across Lincolnshire and hatches 2.5 million chicks per week. The hatchery employs industry leading technology to ensure the best possible production, animal welfare, hygienic and biosecurity standards and…

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Improving Animal Health and Well-Being

JBS USA Live Pork

The animal agriculture industry has worked diligently to improve animal health and well-being. One way that animal welfare can be assessed on a continuous basis by family farmers and ranchers throughout our supply chain is by health and performance metrics. Assessing performance and health indicators like average daily gain (ADG), mortality and reproduction rates provides…

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