Animal Care

Highlights Report 2020

Perdue Commitments to Animal Care:

Creating a Culture of Animal Care

Our Perdue Commitments to Animal Care, launched in 2016, is a four-part program to accelerate our progress in animal care by giving our chickens what they want, strengthening our relationships with our farmers, building trust with multiple stakeholder groups and creating an animal care culture for continuous improvement.

Progress

Part 1:
Our Chickens' Needs and Wants

Our Progress
Farmers

Part 2:
Our Farmer
Relationships

Our Progress
Trust

Part 3:
Openness, Transparency and Trust

Our Progress
Improvement

Part 4:
A Journey of Continuous Improvement

Our Progress

Progress

Part 1: Our Chickens' Needs and Wants

Perdue will evaluate and implement production systems specifically designed to go beyond just the “needs” of our chickens to also include what our chickens “want.” We will chart our progress against the “Five Freedoms.”

Freedom From Hunger and Thirst

Freedom From Discomfort

Freedom From Pain, Injury and Disease

Freedom To Express Normal Behavior

Freedom From Fear and Distress

1. Freedom From Hunger and Thirst

We are studying issues at parent breeders, including weight management approaches in the pullet house to avoid obesity and improve reproductive performance.

We will explore whether reducing the time between chick hatch and access to feed and water provides animal care advantages and in what situations. For example, do chicks from very young and very old hens benefit more and is the difference significant?

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2. Freedom From Discomfort

We’re studying the feasibility and potential benefits of on farm hatching (OFH) to improve early chick care.

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3. Freedom From Pain, Injury and Disease

We are working to improve our culling programs and have established a more accurate baseline and new behaviors which we expect to result in lower culling rates going forward.

We are partnering with advocacy group Mercy for Animals on research to better understand the challenges in birds grown to heavier weights.

More than 80-percent of our live haul personnel are trained and certified in the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association Poultry Handling & Transportation program.

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4. Freedom To Express Normal Behavior

We increased free-range farms to 25 percent of houses across the company having outdoor access.

The Free Range Pasture Design Contest, our second farmer contest, tapped into farmers’ knowledge about pasture activity and what encourages chickens to go outside, with the goal of providing meaningful outdoor access.

Following up on our farmer contest to identify free-range and organic farmers who get the most birds outside, a new contest will challenge farmers to develop new ideas and tips for increasing range utilization. The contest will engage farmers in improving free range usage by identifying management changes and “hacks” that encourage more chickens to go outdoors. Farmers will also be encouraged to describe benefits seen for the birds inside when some of the flock has gone outside. Key learnings will be shared among existing and new free-range to assure chickens have meaningful outside access.

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5. Freedom From Fear and Distress

We are on track to select and begin installation of a second Controlled Atmosphere Stunning (CAS) system by mid-2021 as part of our commitment to move all harvest operations to CAS to induce insensibility with minimal trauma.

Our Full Report

Progress

Part 1:
Our Chickens' Needs and Wants

Farmers

Part 2:
Our Farmer
Relationships

Trust

Part 3:
Openness, Transparency and Trust

Improvement

Part 4:
A Journey of Continuous Improvement

Our Key Steps Forward from 2020

We’ve expanded the number of farms with free-range, outdoor access

We opened our third Poultry Learning Center, viewing farms which offer a transparent, interactive experience to learn about poultry farming and proper animal care

We began testing the feasibility and benefits of on-farm hatching to improve early chick care

We conducted our second farmer contest to tap into their experience and expertise in raising chickens

We are collaborating on animal welfare research with Mercy for Animals, our first-ever such partnership

We held our fourth Animal Care Summit, bringing together animal care experts and advocates, customers, farmers, and our leadership, in July 2019. Our next summit will be held in October 2020.

Animal Care Summit 2020 Highlights

Animal Care Summit 2020 Highlights

Learn How Free-Range Pasture Contest Winner Gets More Birds Outside

Learn How Free-Range Paster Contest Winner Gets More Birds Outside

Learn About Our 2019 Farmer Chicken Welfare Enrichment Design Contest

2019 Farmer Chicken Welfare Enrichment Design Contest

We're Advancing Beyond the Status Quo

We're Advancing Beyond the Status Quo

What Others Say About the Perdue Commitments to Animal Care

Animal Welfare Advocates

Animal Welfare Advocates

"Perdue has become the leading major poultry producer in shifting toward more humane practices. Perdue is reflecting consumer sentiment that all animalsincluding farm animalsshould be protected from pain by their work to address these issues in a meaningful, transparent and collaborative way."

Josh Balk, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States

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Animal Welfare Advocates

Farmers Raising Our Chickens

"When we are able to let poultry have access to sunlight, fresh air or an opportunity to be outside when feasible, we show that, though we are growing an animal as a food source, we understand the instincts and needs for such basic pleasures. I am proud to say I work in partnership with a company that values the creatures in our care."

Steven Brake (North Carolina)

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Sharing Our Audit Results

An Evolving Baseline Standard for How We Raise Chickens

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Corporate Stewardship Report

Company Stewardship Report

Learn about the steps we're taking to reach our goal of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.

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