All fattening pigs are free to move within the facility.
Since 2012, BRF has been committed to adopting a collective gestation system as a mandatory rule for all of the Company’s expansion projects.
Adjustments to its current integration system started in 2014. Implementation is taking place gradually. Further information can be found at Our commitments.
BRF’S PRACTICES INCLUDE
No tooth-clipping or grinding on piglets. Grinding will only be carried out in extreme cases where the sow’s welfare is affected.
Also, 99% of castration is performed through immunocastration (non-surgical, non-invasive technique using vaccines without side effects). Surgical castration is performed for a small group of animals (around 1% of males) intended for a specific product range. The procedure is carried out until the animal’s third day of life.
Ear notching has been replaced by tattooing and identification earrings for animal tracking (identification of the farm of origin). In 2017, this procedure was eliminated in 90% of the piglets and, in 2019, it was eliminated in 100% of the animals in the final breeding stage. Ear notching is only used in animals where their own genetics is developed. In 2021, 100% of piglets born in BRF will be identified with tattoos or earrings.
As for tail cutting, it is done in 100% of the pigs. 2/3 of the tail length is removed by the third day of the animal’s life. This is still necessary to ensure pig welfare. In addition to the procedures mentioned above, no other physical changes are made to the animals.
90% of BRF’s farms have used some type of environmental enrichment for pigs in at least one crate. The most used materials are: metal chains (69.33%), followed by plastic gallons (44.48%) and pieces of wood (26.12%). Fattening pigs are left free in the crates with access to water and food.
In 2020, 100% of the farming advisors started to use equipment for euthanasia in the field and more than 220 farming advisors received training to use the equipment. This is a special distinguishing feature and a demonstration of BRF's commitment to animal welfare.
100% of the animals are stunned before slaughter
Pigs are housed in resting crates for resting purposes, with access to water and monitored temperature. 100% of the animals are examined upon receipt at the plant and are managed by personnel trained on animal welfare.