Perdue Farms Shares Industry-Leading Commitments and Innovations During 8th Annual Animal Care Summit
Event Highlights Investment in the Future and Importance of Raising Chickens with No Antibiotics Ever
Perdue Farms 8th Annual Animal Care Summit
Salisbury, MD, Oct. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Perdue Farms, named one the most trustworthy companies in America by Newsweek, hosted its eighth annual Animal Care Summit this week near its Salisbury, Maryland headquarters. The annual event plays an integral role in the company’s animal care strategy, with this year’s summit focused on reaffirming the importance of, and Perdue’s commitment to, ‘No Antibiotics Ever’ (NAE) practices.
“In 2002, we listened to consumers and made the decision to transform our company in order to remove all antibiotics from Perdue products. To accomplish that, we needed to enhance our animal care practices, ultimately benefitting the health, environment and quality of our chickens,” said Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, Perdue’s Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Innovation and veterinarian who is helping guide Perdue’s approach to animal care. “Using antibiotics for preventive care can be a crutch, and we firmly believe a better, more sustainable approach is to provide better care, and stop covering up poor environmental conditions and bad practices.”
“At Perdue, our annual Animal Care Summit allows us to share our latest progress and challenges, including the balance of advancing animal care practices while leveraging our vertical integration to improve environmental impacts across our supply chain,” said Drew Getty, Vice President of Environmental Sustainability at Perdue Farms. “We’re proud of our long legacy of animal care, which dates back to the company’s founding in 1920. It’s not always the easy way, but it’s the Perdue way.”
This year, summit attendees including farmers, retailers, and animal advocates experienced an interactive farm tour for an inside look at how Perdue is investing in the future, including:
- A first-ever look into the future of chicken house enrichments, an innovative advancement that shows how enrichments can provide space improvements, giving chickens the opportunity to move beyond the floor of the chicken house.
- A deep dive into on-farm hatcheries, showcasing the positive benefits of this unique practice and the interesting research behind Perdue’s strategy.
- An interactive chicken feed demonstration, transparently explaining the benefits of the nutritious, all vegetarian, no-antibiotic-ever feed that is given to every Perdue chicken.
Dr. Stewart-Brown, Dr. Lance Price, professor at George Washington University, and Dr. Michelle Kromm, principal at FoodForward LLC, offered an in-depth look at the state of antibiotics in livestock, including roadblocks to curbing unnecessary use and the implications of overuse, from diminished efficacy of antibiotics for humans to lessened ability to treat sick animals. The panel also emphasized the importance of working closely with veterinarians to bring solutions to the broader animal agriculture industry.
In addition, attendees heard from experts on a variety of topics, including the Better Chicken Commitment and our research into slower growing breeds. Perdue presented the results of a 26-flock trial involving side by side houses comparing the current commercial breed compared to a GAP/BCC compliant slower growing breed. This trial also included a Life Cycle Assessment comparing the carbon footprint of these two breeds.
A worldwide expert on Avian Influenza, Dr. David Swayne, helped the audience understand the current state of avian influenza. His comments included the disease’s history as well as what might be expected in the coming year.
Perdue’s annual Animal Care Summit exemplifies the company’s transparency in its practices to key stakeholders by showing its progress to its Commitments to Animal Care program established in 2016, which includes:
- Chickens: Based on the “Five Freedoms,” Perdue will go beyond just the needs of its chickens to also include what its chickens “want”.
- Farms: Perdue will recommit to relationships with farmers who raise its animals.
- Trust: To build trust, Perdue will be transparent in its programs, goals, and progress.
- Continuous Improvement: Perdue will continue to build an animal care culture within the company through continuous improvement.
Watch this video to learn more about Perdue’s Commitments to Animal Care journey of continuous improvement.
About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family-owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers, and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.
The premium protein portfolio within our Perdue Foods business, including our flagship PERDUE® brand, Niman Ranch®, Coleman Natural®, and Yummy®, as well as our pet brands, Spot Farms® and Full Moon®, is available through various channels including retail, foodservice, club stores, and our direct-to-consumer website, PerdueFarms.com.
Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company.
Now in our company’s second century, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey, pork, beef, and lamb, and in USDA-certified organic chicken and beef. Learn more at Corporate.PerdueFarms.com.
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