Booklet was launched at Interconf 2018 and distributed to event participants;
The manual will be available at all company units
Sao Paulo, September 13, 2018 – The 11th edition of Interconf – the International Livestock Breeder Conference, which was held on September 11 and 12 in Goiânia, was the stage used to unveil the “Best Handling Practices – Feedlot” manual developed by the Animal Ecology and Etiology Study and Research Group (Grupo ETCO) at Unesp in Jaboticabal and sponsored by JBS.
The manual provides recommendations for best handling practices in an attempt to minimize the risk of failures adapting cattle to confinement and avoid situations that result in suffering. According to the manual’s authors, the manual’s recommendations are based on the results of practical experience and research at commercial feedlots in Brazil over the past 10 years, developing handling strategies that help cattle adapt to feedlot environments, improving environment conditions and bringing positive repercussions for animal health and performance, resulting in improved production efficiency and better living conditions for everyone involved: both humans and animals.
“Animal well-being is a very important issue for us, as consumers and society want producers to take a more responsible approach to animals. We have developed several initiatives to raise awareness and inform our suppliers and the manual is one of them. It was written to present strategies and techniques that reinforce the care taken with animals and guarantee production and sustainable efficiency for producers”, said Fabio Dias, Livestock Breeder Relationship director at JBS.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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