Taking Care of Our Animals
We are committed to raising healthy animals by promoting their overall well-being. We have a long history of industry leadership in responsible animal production. Our animal care program guides the management 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 our management system, and we take steps to verify their compliance.
Our goal is to keep our animals safe, comfortable, and healthy. Smithfield’s Hog Production Division created our animal care program more than a decade ago. Developed in consultation with some of the world’s foremost experts in animal behavior and handling, this system continues to guide our operations today.
We utilize a comprehensive animal care audit program to conduct unannounced animal care audits on all our company farms annually. We also utilize independent third party animal welfare experts to verify that our audit process is working as designed to ensure animal well-being.