Our chickens and turkeys are raised on local farms by independent farmers under written contract with Perdue. Our poultry contracts are designed to insulate farmers from most of the financial risks associated with growing chicken - including volatile grain and poultry markets -- while providing stable income and rewarding top performance.
Perdue has been contracting with farmers since the 1950s, and currently has contracts with more than 2,200 farm partners. Many of our producers have been with our company across multiple generations.
Under the contract growing relationship, Perdue delivers day-old chicks to the farms and provides feed, veterinary care and advice. Producers, in turn, are responsible for providing housing that meets Perdue's standards for poultry welfare and biosecurity, and for caring for the birds on a daily basis. Our flock supervisors, veterinarians and poultry welfare officers - backed by an advanced team of scientists and laboratory technicians working with the industry's leading research and analytical equipment - assist our producers. Our poultry contracts were developed with input from our producers and written in plain English, and include provisions for peer review to resolve issues between the company and our producers.
We do have high standards for how we expect our birds to be raised. That's the only way to consistently deliver a quality, wholesome product and to ensure the health and welfare of our birds and environmental sustainability across our supply chain. We work with our producers to ensure adherence to our strict standards for food safety, bird health, poultry welfare and environmental stewardship.
A poultry operation is like any other business in that producers need to reinvest in their operations to remain competitive. In addition, standards related to food safety, bird health and welfare and environmental stewardship change over time as a result of, among other things, advances in animal husbandry, changing consumer and customer expectations and new laws and regulations. However, Perdue often provides no-interest financing and other incentives to assist our producers with necessary upgrades.
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