At AB Agri we’re committed to being a responsible business. Through our Formula 24 framework we have identified where we can make the biggest positive difference to the agri-food industry. One such focus area is the stewardship and safeguarding of the natural resources needed for food production. Our Group’s core operations are in agricultural supply chains, particularly ruminant, pig, poultry and, to a lesser extent, fish, as well as equine, pets and game birds.
Our Animal Health & Welfare Policy sets out our belief that all animals should be treated humanely throughout their lives and explains the steps we’re taking as a business, to ensure our operations prioritise animal health and welfare at all times.
Operating across all sectors of the agri-food supply chain, we are uniquely placed to impact, directly and indirectly, the health and welfare of animals. Our people working across these sectors are able to witness animal health and welfare at third party locations around the world. We are acutely aware of and take this responsibility very seriously.
We believe that the health and welfare of animals should be considered in the selection of all production systems, practices and technologies. We advocate all farming methods that benefit animal health and welfare, as well as people and the environment.
As a minimum standard, our Group adheres to all relevant and applicable local and international legislation regarding animal health and welfare. We also operate in accordance with the requirements of relevant and practicable local third party assurance schemes (e.g. Red Tractor Assurance Scheme in the UK).
Additionally, we support the globally-recognized “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare as an aspiration for animal welfare in our supply chains:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
To learn more, please see our detailed Animal Health & Welfare Policy.