It’s our responsibility to ensure the most humane and healthiest practices as we care for our animals
- As the cornerstone of our commitment to animal stewardship, we take great pride in our animal welfare practices.
- Our livestock handling procedures were designed in consultation with Dr. Temple Grandin, a world renowned and highly respected animal welfare expert, to help minimize animal stress.
- We strictly adhere to North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) animal handling standards in addition to annual third party animal welfare audits.
- We pioneered in the use of third party remote video auditing (RVA) for animal welfare purposes at all of the company’s beef plants.
- We employ a zero tolerance policy on animal abuse and have created processes that minimize animal stress. Our team holds more certified personnel than any other North American beef processor, with 30-plus Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO)-certified auditors and more than 200 participants at the NAMI Animal Care and Handling Conference on staff. Animals are the reason we’re here. We promise to respect them in every way possible.
- For us, animal stewardship goes beyond our standards at Cargill. We’re making efforts to raise guidelines across the industry. We are a proud co-founder of the Food Animal Welfare Network for Beef, a group made up of world-renowned experts in animal well-being. This commission was created to advocate for increased research funding for animal well-being, facilitate the communication of research results in a more timely manner, advance best management practices in cattle health and welfare, and serve as an unbiased, science and production-based group to address concerns about animal well-being
- We continue to strive for more. It is our goal that by 2018, 90% of our U.S. beef cattle supply from feed yards will come from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified sources. This certification, granted by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), trains cattle producers in animal handling best practices, including optimal antibiotic usage.
- To view our full animal welfare policy, click here.