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 they ensure our barns are designed and maintained for optimal comfort and well-being. Watch a video about how our veterinarians oversee sow housing and comfort.
At Seaboard Foods, we know that healthy pigs lead to safe food. We have detailed herd health plans and biosecurity protocols to ensure pig health and comfort and prevent the spread of disease. Learn how we use
antibiotics responsibly to keep our pigs healthy and provide you with safe, affordable food.
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.
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 barn 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.
We understand you have questions about how we raise pigs for pork to feed people. Our Doing Better by Knowing Better Video Series answers those questions and shows how our people are committed to bringing delicious, wholesome pork to your table. Go to the Doing Better by Knowing Better Video Library.