Our Mission for Animal Care and Providing Affordable Food
At Seaboard Foods, we raise pigs to feed families, and we are committed to making sure they're cared for humanely. A comprehensive animal care program, developed and overseen by our team of veterinarians and carried out by our farm employees, helps keep our pigs as healthy and comfortable as possible. Our ultimate goal? Producing safe, nutritious, quality pork for our customers and consumers.
Our Ultimate Goal is Producing Safe, Nutritious, Quality Pork for Our Customers and Consumers.
And because we oversee the facilities where we mix our feed from local grains, the farms where we raise the pigs and the plants where our pork is made, we – and our customers and consumers – can be certain our animals have been raised and cared for properly.
Our team of veterinarians guides all of our decisions on the care of our pigs, and helps us continuously identify and implement improvements, like adopting needle-free vaccination in 2006. They collaborate with nutritionists on customized nutrition plans for every stage in our animals' development. They advise and oversee our disease-control efforts, diagnose illness and supervise targeted treatment of our herds, as well as oversee routine procedures. And ensure our barns are designed and maintained for optimal comfort and well-being.
Herd Health and Biosecurity
At Seaboard Foods, we know that healthy pigs lead to safe food. We have detailed herd health plans and biosecurity protocols to help ensure pig health and comfort.
Animal Welfare Monitoring
We maintain an animal handling program built around hands-on monitoring from our trained team, as well as from third-parties, to ensure the proper care for our animals and safe, quality pork. Additionally, we enforce a zero-tolerance policy for animal mistreatment and adhere to care standards set by the North American Meat Institute, National Pork Board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Animal Care Training
At Seaboard Foods, we think the best food systems start with people being connected and knowing why they do what they do. Therefore, we have a variety of ongoing training programs for our employees, and every year we train all farm employees on humane animal care. We also train and certify our teams in proper animal handling who move our pigs from the barns to the trailers. This training instills the right mindset and skills for safe and humane practices in our barns and processing plants, and provides detailed information about how to properly care for our pigs to ensure their well-being and safeguard their health.