2018 Sustainability Report

Animal Welfare

OUR COMMITMENT

Transparently advance animal welfare and experience.


OUR GOALS

Deploy the most transparent animal welfare practices


Be a leader in animal experience research and innovation


Submit FarmCheck® audit instruments used in our chicken supply chain to the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization for certification in 2019


Pilot scored welfare audits in our cattle supply chain in 2019

2018 KEY ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • Grew FarmCheck® program in scope, criteria and impact, including additional audit criteria and have an environmental addendum currently in process.
  • Rolled out an innovative remote video auditing project to assess and coach on-farm crews who are catching birds for transport to processing facilities.
  • Provided funding for research projects on animal welfare improvements in animal mobility, and lameness, antibiotic alternatives, traceability and best practices in production management.
  • Established a second pilot focused on controlled atmosphere stunning to include two chicken plants.
  • Expanded pilot on a new approach to raising chickens at our proprietary Poultry Concept Farm to improve upon outcomes for birds, food safety and the environment.
BBFAW Response

2018 THIRD-PARTY FARMCHECK® PROGRAM AUDITS BY SUPPLY CHAIN

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  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Beef

FY2018 Key Welfare Indicators*

Broiler Chickens
Transport Livability 99.83%
Non-Damaged Wings 98.88%
Acceptable Paw Scores 78%**
Cattle & Hogs
No Falls 99.15%
Not Prodded 99.15%
Acceptable Wait Time 94.02%
FOOTNOTES AND REFERENCES

* Percentage acceptable of animals and trailers audited against NAMI Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines [June 2017 Rev. 1] for cattle and hogs and NCC Welfare Guidelines for Broilers.

** We are committed to continuous improvement in animal welfare and our opportunity is to improve paw scores during winter weather. Paw condition can be impacted in winter weather by factors such as low temperatures and moisture. Our goal is to improve paw scores in winter months by five percent year-over-year. We will report our progress against this goal in our annual sustainability report.