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Perdue Farms Publishes 2022 Commitments to Animal Care Report; Mark McKay Details

Perdue Farms Publishes 2022 Commitments to Animal Care Report; Mark McKay Details


SALISBURY, MD
Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

For the first time in two years, Perdue Farms held its seventh annual Animal Care Summit in person near its Maryland headquarters after being held virtually due to the pandemic. Since the company announced its Commitments to Animal Care in 2016, the event has become a central part of its animal care strategy.

Mark McKay, President, Perdue Premium Poultry and Meats"Now in our second century of business, we at Perdue Farms are proud to continue making advancements and leading our industry in the standards to which we raise our animals," said Mark McKay, President of Perdue Premium Poultry and Meats. "Animal husbandry and stewardship, including strong connections to our farmers and transparency with our stakeholders, keep our animals healthier and we believe translate to a better product for consumers."

Attendees of the summit were given the opportunity to tour the company’s dedicated research farm to see the first-hand progress of ongoing animal husbandry studies, including pasture choice, feed choice, RFID, and on-farm hatch. According to a release, those in attendance included NGOs, farmers, customers, academics, and Perdue associates.

Perdue Farms recently held its seventh annual Animal Care Summit in person near its Maryland headquarters

In addition to the research farm showcases, the company’s Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Innovation, Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, offered updates to existing animal husbandry initiatives, including:

  • Developing an educational module around chicken behavior and using it to train Flock Advisors
  • Building an enrichment program for Broiler Breeders with the assumption that it will be different from meat birds
  • Developing a litter-condition scoring method to implement across all operations
  • Determining if re-establishing the mother-hen/chick relationship would benefit the chicks/chickens
  • Finding a low-tech method to measure pasture utilization within free-range housing

Coinciding with the event, Perdue published its 2022 Commitments to Animal Care Report, which now includes nearly 90 initiatives within the company's four-part plan to accelerate its progress in poultry care.

To read more about this event and Perdue’s Commitments to Animal Care Report, click here.

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