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Sustainable Development

Technology In Support
Of The Environment

Working and living in a healthy environment is paramount: hence why the maximum reduction of hog production emanations and waste is one of the organization’s goals. 

F. Ménard constantly improves its practices to protect the environment. In addition to the integration of a number of other practices to reduce its water consumption* and its carbon footprint**, F. Ménard is actively involved in different committees to improve its performance day in and day out.

Farms and arable land

  • F. Ménard seeks to mitigate odours by planting wind-breaker hedges around its installations. When planning a new farm, the company will select isolated areas surrounded by wooded areas.
  • The company also encourages and participates in the development of buffer strips to avoid any contamination of water resources due to erosion.  
  • F. Ménard is a member of the Upper-Yamaska forestry group to maintain, improve and better manage arable lands. 
  • F. Ménard was among the first in Québec to install water meters in its maternities. It also uses water saving bowls in all its farms.

Feed optimization

A model to emulate:

  • First enterprise in Canada to use phytase in its feed to reduce polluting discharges;
  • Use of organic amendments in the fields are excellent substitutes to chemical fertilizers;
  • Use of pressure reducers to limit water wastage;
  • Use of water saving bowls and dry feed hoppers in all our establishments have contributed to reducing the volume of slurry.

Other technological and environmental achievements

  • The Agromex division has installed high technology equipment to reduce water wastage.
  • It has also invested in a cooling system for animal carcasses that requires no spraying, in addition to using biodegradable products.
  • The production process leaves no waste. In other words, the company uses all the pig by-products, whether edible or not.  
  • F. Ménard recycles its numerous materials used in the production process.
  • The company also uses centrifuges to physically separate raw animal waste in two components: solid and liquid. As a result, the disposal of animal waste is made easier and more beneficial for the environment (sludge recovery for agriculture).
  • The Agromex division processes its wastewater on site to a 99.9% level of purity.

*According to Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, hog production in Quebec exerts pressure on water resources, which are plentiful in Quebec, 56 times less important than in the United States, which is the third hog producer in the world.

**Also, according to the EPQ, hog production is responsible for only 7.3% of all greenhouse gasses (GHG) generated by agriculture in Quebec.