Smithfield aims to raise healthy animals by promoting their safety and overall well-being. Smithfield has a long history of industry leadership in responsible animal production. For example, more than a decade ago, we became the first pork producer to develop and implement a comprehensive, systematic animal care management program to monitor and measure the well-being of pigs on company-owned and contract farms.
Keep our animals safe, comfortable, and healthy
- Remain 100% Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus®) compliant at company-owned and contract farms1
- Maintain PQA Plus certification for all suppliers and move toward site assessments
- Complete conversion from individual gestation stalls to group housing for pregnant sows on company farms by end of 2017
1 The wording of this target has been slightly revised from our previous report. Where “PQA Plus compliant” is used throughout this site, we mean that our farms have been site assessed and that specific employees have been certified according to PQA Plus program guidelines.
Our animal care management program guides the care of our animals at every stage of their lives, from gestation to transport to processing plant. All farm employees and contract hog producers must employ the methods and techniques of the management system, and we take steps to verify their compliance.