The Lynch Companies are committed to the humane handling and care of all livestock. Whether on a farm, in a station, on a trailer, loading or unloading, the use of proper animal handling techniques is our top priority. All handling procedures and livestock caretaker and transporter responsibilities are set forth and enforced by our company policies and management practices. We take pride in our efforts to train and educate our employees, producers and partners in the livestock industry on the importance of respectful handling and treatment of the animals entrusted to us.
The Lynch Companies strive to be an industry leader in animal welfare practices assuring all animals under our care and/or ownership receive respectful and humane treatment at all times. All locations involved in the production, purchasing and processing of live animals will provide:
- Continuous improvement programs through ongoing employee and contractor training, setting expectations and clarifying consequences for non-compliance.
- Written animal welfare policies ensuring acceptable animal welfare practices are followed.
- Shelter that is designed, maintained and operated to provide an environment that meets the animals’ basic needs..
- Access to adequate drinking water and high-quality feed meeting the animals’ dietary needs.
- Prompt identification and appropriate treatment of animals in need of special care.
- Humane treatment of animals that meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth in the Humane Slaughter Act and by the North American Meat Institute’s most recent recommendations.
- Humane euthanasia for sick or injured animals not responding to treatment.
The Lynch Companies’ success depends on excellent stockmanship as well as proper housing, care, and nutrition for all swine under our care. The Lynch Companies will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for willful acts of abuse or neglect of swine under our ownership, care and supervision. Any employee or contractor engaged in such activities will face disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or revocation of contract privileges. In addition, offenders may also be subject to criminal prosecution under applicable laws.