Our Policy – Animal Welfare at Cargill and Why It Matters
Learn about the numerous parts of our comprehensive approach to farm animal welfare
Acknowledging that farm animal welfare is important to the ongoing success of our protein business is an important step toward implementing a comprehensive approach to farm animal welfare stewardship. It is good practice for food companies to identify whether, and why, farm animal welfare is relevant to the success of their business.
How can the food system raise the healthiest animals with the utmost dignity and care? At Cargill, we’ve been exploring this question for decades, beginning with our work in animal nutrition dating back more than 70 years ago.
In 1958, we established a research center near Minneapolis dedicated to improving the welfare and nutrition of chickens, turkeys, pigs, and over time, dairy and beef cattle, and fish. Our innovations have enhanced the handling and care of animals in our operations around the globe. We also work with internationally renowned animal welfare expert Dr. Temple Grandin to improve the design of our cattle processing facilities to reduce animal stress and discomfort as much as possible.
Today, the health and wellbeing of animals associated with our protein business is optimized through our animal feed products, the work we do with our farmer partners, and the education we provide to our processing facility employees. Animal welfare is a requisite component for how we operate our plants and other company-owned facilities, which include cattle feedlots, turkey farms and turkey hatcheries in North America, as well as chicken farms and hatcheries in other countries. The humane treatment of animals in our supply chains, as well as the respectful handling of animals in our care, is critical to our business success.