As a component of our animal welfare programs at each production facility, animals are transported in company or third-party vehicles designed to ensure animal well-being.

Proper transportation avoids bruising and minimizes animal stress during transit, loading, and unloading. Where applicable, we have specified maximum transportation distances and transit times, and procedures for resting, feeding, and watering at defined intervals. We are also constantly investing to improve and modernize animal transport vehicles, as well as to renew our own fleets, with the objective of increasing the safety and comfort of animals during transportation.

Livestock transporters are audited daily to verify adherence to JBS USA humane handling standards, and depending on the country, PAACO/NAMI Transportation Guidelines, CFIA Humane Transport Guidelines, Australian Welfare Standards and Guidelines – Land Transport of Livestock and RSPCA, Red Tractor or QMS.


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Case Studies:

JBS Transportadora, Brazil’s leading livestock transportation company, recently launched Uboi, an innovative service for transporting cattle between farms, feedlots, auctions, and processing facilities.
Uboi is an app that enables small, medium, and large cattle farms to participate in an animal welfare certified transportation system, contributing to animal welfare and the growth of the food value chain by providing a real-time viewing of cattle freight movements. Currently, Uboi has more than 1,100 vehicles that serve all of Brazil.
Pilgrim's UK's agriculture division is working in partnership with the National Farmers Union UK (NFU) to explore the impact of environmental temperature conditions on the welfare of pigs during transportation. During 2022, Pilgrim’s Pride assisted with a project led by NFU to monitor temperatures of pigs during transport.
The project was created in response to a previous Welfare in Transport consultation by the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), proposing to limit livestock journeys based upon exceeding minimum and maximum ambient temperatures. This project was completed as part of a wider industry working group, involving the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and other processors across pigs, sheep, and cattle. Pilgrim’s UK supplied data from its onboard trailer temperature monitors, during a forecasted period of cold weather. Drivers also completed online questionnaires to confirm the number of pigs being carried, journey start and end points and timings, the ambient temperature recorded at loading and unloading, and any reported issues with welfare at loading or unloading. The information was submitted confidentially and will be presented back to industry by BMPA once they have enough data collected in both hot and cold weather.