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Animal Welfare

Maximize Animal Welfare 
To Offer Better Meat.

" ANIMAL WELFARE IS A CONSTANT CONCERN BECAUSE HEALTHY PRODUCTS COME FROM HEALTHY ANIMALS. STRICT MEASURES WERE INTRODUCED BY THE COMPANY TO ENSURE THAT BASIC NEEDS AND NATURAL BEHAVIOURS OF ALL F. MÉNARD ANIMALS ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION."

Dr. Julie Ménard, Veterinarian and Director of maternities. 

The company has a zero tolerance policy for any action that may threaten the welfare of animals. 

On the farm

  • All our farms exceed the Canadian standards of animal welfare required by the Canadian Quality Assurance program (CQA).
  • Employees are regularly trained to better understand the importance of animal health and welfare, and checks are carried out to ensure that they use the appropriate techniques when handling animals.
  • F. Ménard has chosen a multi-site production model, a practice that sustainably improves the health and welfare of animals.    

In 2015, F. Ménard inaugurated its most recent maternity, free of gestation pens: a building with a capacity of 2,860 sows, located in Saint-Dominique in the Montérégie region. This investment is decidedly aligned with the future of the hog industry, in the sense that it is equipped with the latest technologies to maximize animal welfare.  “Canadian standards are very strict but we are aiming higher yet, and will strive to meet European standards”, explains Julie Ménard.

Transport

In addition to training its employees, F. Ménard adheres to many rules in order to maximize the welfare of hogs:

  • All F. Ménard carriers are certified TQA (Transport Quality Assurance) and practice preventive driving.
  • Pigs are transported after a six to ten hour fast, in order to maximize their comfort.
  • Company facilities are designed to ease the selection and loading/unloading of animals.
  • F. Ménard has totally banned the use of electric sticks and favours more appropriate handling techniques.
  • Our fleet of trucks is especially designed to maximize the comfort of pigs (appropriate compartmentalization has provided for optimum capacity, hydraulic floors, skid-proof floors, ventilation, cooling mist when necessary, etc.)

Meat cutting plant

Since 2005, F. Ménard prides itself in using a novel system of CO2 narcosis. In fact, the company was the first one in Quebec to make such an investment. Unlike traditional slaughtering methods, this technology enables the peaceful putting down of animals in groups, thus contributing considerably to reducing their stress level.