Housing and Biosecurity

We are committed to providing the animals under our care with comfortable and safe housing that protects and improves their health and well-being. No matter the animal type or stage of production, our facilities meet or exceed industry guidelines to make sure our animals are comfortable and safeguarded from extreme weather events, predators and vermin.


Our Regional Approaches:


Each of our live animal facilities has a comprehensive biosecurity program that has been designed and implemented to prevent the introduction of infectious diseases to animals through human and animal vectors or contaminated equipment. Our biosecurity protocol addresses every aspect of our facilities: feed mill operations, feed delivery, transportation, vaccination and health management, visitors and auditors. Items such as protection barriers, bird protection netting, water monitoring and treatment, and compliant waste disposal all contribute to enhance the biosecurity of our livestock, poultry and aquaculture.

All team members and contract partners are trained according to our biosecurity protocols, and all visitors and vendors must be prescreened and approved before arriving at any of our locations. Sign-in logs are also required and maintained at all locations.

Case Studies:

In 2022, Rivalea worked collaboratively with the University of Melbourne Animal Welfare Science Centre and other industry partners to investigate systems that could potentially enhance pig health and welfare.
These research projects included evaluation of loose farrowing systems for sows, the elimination of tail docking in pig raising, the use of smart technology to monitor pig health and welfare, the development of single-shot vaccines for pigs, the development of a vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis, alternative sustainable heating systems for farrowing houses, and nutritional strategies to improve pig survival.
In the event Avian Influenza breaks out in a region in which we operate, swift action is taken. In 2022, our Pilgrim’s Mexico Biosecurity team implemented several responses to such an outbreak, most importantly including:
  1. Application of vaccines upon outbreak and as a preventive method in all broiler breeder flocks.
  2. Implementation of a preventive vaccination program in broilers across our three complexes.

Reinforcement of biosecurity measures:
  1. Restriction personnel, product, and byproduct movement between unaffected and affected complexes and farms.
  2. Cleaning, disinfection, and sanitary quarantine of affected farms prior to their repopulation.
  3. Focused construction of breeding farms in areas of the country better protected against these agents.