Innovative Expansion Project to Improve Animal Handling and Welfare, Food Safety, and Product Quality

Grand Island, NE, Beef Production Facility

In May 2019, we announced a $95 million expansion project at our Grand Island, NE, beef production facility that will include new, improved animal handling facilities, a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled harvest floor and facility reconfiguration designed to improve team member experience, food safety and product quality. We believe the 107,000 square-foot expansion and facility enhancements will…

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Improving BoviWell

Pilgrim's Moy Park

In 2013, Pilgrim’s Moy Park Beef Orléans team partnered with several consultations with scientific and technical experts, institutions, NGOs and trials on farms to develop a cattle welfare evaluation tool called BoviWell. In 2019, the team demonstrated that BoviWell has progressed from an “office tool” to a “field tool” recognized by users as a true…

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Increased GLP Certification

Pilgrim's Mexico

In 2018, the Pilgrim’s Mexico team set out to have all of its owned and supplying broiler farms attain Good Livestock Practices (GLP) program certification, an official recognition granted by the Mexican federal government to all units of poultry production whose practices and operating procedures meet or exceed the requirements of Federal Animal Health Law…

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Founding Member of IPWA


In 2019, the US-Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSPE) and the International Poultry Welfare Alliance (IPWA) completed their Founding Membership Drive. Pilgrim’s was one of thirty-four organizations from across the supply chain to join as founding members. Other members include American Humane, Australian Eggs, Aviagen, BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Butterball LLC, Cal-Maine Foods, Cargill, Cobb-Vantress,…

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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


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


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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