“What is the quality of life for the livestock Cargill provides? i.e. cattle feed quality, freedom of movement, use of growth hormones.”
Hi Joel. The humane treatment of animals is extremely important to us. We're actually an industry leader in helping develop many of the industry's animal welfare standards in place today. We're committed to ensuring that animals are treated humanely, and are free from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Our standards and policies cover critical areas such as feed, water, air quality and humane treatment.
Specifically for cattle feed, all Canadian cattle start our feeding on grass pastures. Later, the ingredients in their feed may vary but the primary ingredients are hay and barley. Trace minerals and vitamins may also be used if the consulting animal nutritionist sees a need. As far as hormones, Canadian farmers have the option to use hormones, but its use is highly regulated by Health Canada and is permitted in raising cattle. It's a decision made by by the individual rancher. So it is possible that the beef purchased for McDonald's Canada could come from cattle that have been raised using hormones. You can find more information on hormone use in Canada from the Government of Canada here. We actually recently visited a ranch that supplies Cargill with beef. Take a look here to see Lowe Ranch and hear Bob Lowe answer several other questions about his cattle.
October 18, 2012
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