Livestock


Animal Welfare in the supply chain

Marfrig implements a series of actions to disseminate the best animal welfare practices throughout the supply chain. To engage suppliers in adopting the best animal welfare practices, Marfrig offers guidance and guidelines on the subject through its Sustainable Practices Guide, Term of Commitment and Marfrig Club Protocol. This approach includes incentives for producers to adopt such practices and processes and to monitor compliance with these principles.

Antibiotics. Marfrig does not use antibiotics in its direct operations. As the application of such medications to animals can occur on supplier farms, Marfrig advises producers that the practice should only ensue when necessary, and only for the treatment of diseases, under the recommendation of a veterinarian. The use should never occur to promote animal weight gain or growth, increase the efficiency of feeding or for disease prevention. To disseminate best use practices, the company is developing a specific policy. It will list the many existing antibiotics and permitted utilizations, following the best practices recommended by FDA Guidance, grouping antibiotics into classes and providing guidelines for the use of each of them. Another channel that will be used for this purpose is the Marfrig Club Good Practice Guide. Currently under review, the manual will address the topic as a whole, which will also contribute to expanded monitoring of antibiotic use.

Support materials. Marfrig publishes support materials for producers, such as the manuals that are delivered during visits to properties and production units. 

 
 

Marfrig Club Program.  This program seeks to strengthen the relationship between producers and Marfrig, and encourages the adoption of good husbandry practices, all of which contributes to the sustainable development of rural properties and ensures safer production with fewer environmental impacts. More information, here.

Technical visits. At least every three months, animal welfare supervisors go to the properties to monitor the animal shipments. On these occasions, specific records are applied to survey the current situation of the properties visited. The agenda is defined according to several criteria, such as the evaluation of the hematoma index found in the carcasses of animals that are classified during slaughter processes.

Lectures and training for rural producers and teams about animal welfare are available, upon request.