The transport of animals between supplier farms and operational units is an extremely important stage in animal welfare management, which is why several initiatives have been adopted to disseminate best practices among transporters. An example, in this area, is the fact that Marfrig invites them to visit and learn about the units and the processes, raising their awareness of the importance of this subject. The company also takes actions to monitor and evaluate the services provided.
Contingency Planning and Crisis Management. When there are unforeseen events, such as a breakdown and/or accident of a vehicle in transit, strikes, roadblocks or any situation that limits the continuous flow of animal transportation between the property and the meatpacking facility, the driver must contact the responsible areas of Marfrig to report the occurrence and be guided as to the appropriate measures to resolve the crisis, and to guarantee the continuity of the trip to its final destination (slaughterhouse) as soon as possible. Marfrig has its own channels for notification of unforeseen circumstances during the transport stage and for providing breakdown assistance.
Logistics. The company has its own logistics system to coordinate transportation operations, whose priority is to avoid long distances by moving animals from properties closer to processing units. Whenever possible, efforts are made to establish itineraries and schedules that do not exceed international travel recommendation time standards. In Brazil, given the wide territorial extension and geographic and infrastructure factors, travel time can exceed eight hours.
Daily evaluation of transport vehicles and animal transport quality. In this assessment, the type of vehicle, quality of its build and general state of conservation are considered, in addition to driver training. The overall quality of transport conditions is also observed, evaluating items such as space and accommodations, the behavior of the animals on arrival and the handling of the animals' arrival procedures.
Training. Live animal transportation drivers receive specific guidelines regarding the care of the animals during trips. Training is offered regularly. Professionals also are evaluated for their effectiveness, and receive a Marfrig-issued certificate and driver's identity card.
Contracts. There is a specific animal care clause in contracts with carriers. Non-compliance cases are subject to appropriate measures by Marfrig, and contracts may be terminated depending on severity.