At Aurora Coop, we adopt four pillars as a practice: excellence of good food, construction of adequate accommodation, efficient transport and specialized professionals. All very well structured to ensure quality at all phases, from the creation to your home. Find out our practices here:
Ensuring adequate spaces and animal welfare.
Aurora Coop, as a pioneer in the implementation of good production practices and animal welfare since 2008, has been achieving significant numbers at each biannual internal sense performed regarding the transition from box gestation system to collective gestation of breeding sow.
For the year 2022, the Cooperative reiterates that it keeps its commitment to transition from the gestation system in boxes to the system of collective gestation as a goal for the year 2026, reaching 100% of transition in this year. However, the Normative Instruction 113, of December 16, 2020, regulates with a deadline for adequacy until 2045, and Aurora Coop is proactive in this adequacy. Furthermore, it is reinforced that, for new constructions within the Aurora Coop system as of 2021, it is mandatory that they are in the collective management standard.
In line with the commitment made, of transitioning from the gestation system in boxes to the collective system, Aurora Coop, in the year 2021, updated its internal biannual census, performed by the technical team. There were four months of intense work, auditing and applying the checklist on the properties, approximately 150 professionals were involved, including technicians, animal technicians and veterinarians, who are part of the technical staff of 10 cooperatives affiliated to the Aurora Coop system, and are daily in the field providing technical assistance to producers.
As a result of this work, in the year 2022 we reached the important mark of 85% of the properties with a housing system for breeding sow in collective stalls. This data corroborates the transparency and dedication of Aurora Coop, and such effort is aligned with its vision: “To be recognized as a reference cooperative in food in Brazil and in the world”.
As seen in the 3rd Edition of the Pork Observatory 2022, an important report that monitors the evolution in one of the largest food industry segments in Brazil, in which the Cooperative has voluntarily participated for two Years.
Besides this important result, which is the result of the work of all those involved in the production system, it is worth mentioning that the cooperative is constantly investing in alternatives to promote greater welfare and quality of life for the animals, a purpose that is part of the appropriate behavior for the species, within the Animal Welfare program, followed by Aurora Coop. To promote this principle, we use resources such as environmental enrichment, an important method to promote a better quality of life for the animals. From these properties that have housing for breeding sow in collective stalls, 83%, according to our biannual internal survey, already have environmental enrichment.
As a validation of the production system, visits are periodically made with the application of a complete checklist, which involves, besides checking the evolution of the transition from the box system to the housing of breeding sow in collective stalls, other breeding practices, such as teeth clipping in young pigs, tail cutting, relevant socioeconomic aspects and the bio-security of the farms. The goal is to maintain and evolve the animal welfare system and good production practices, both of which are of unique importance to the balance and efficiency of production.
Additionally, as a form of guidance to the technical assistance teams and producers, Aurora Coop implemented an Instruction Manual of Collective Gestation of Breeding Sow, a technical informative material that contains the principles of animal welfare in collective gestation, followed by the Cooperative, and the recommendations for construction and adaptation of the properties, as committed by the same.
In addition, all production manuals have specific guidelines for each operational management and animal welfare procedure. These production manuals are passed on to the technical teams and producers through training sessions and are revised every two years according to the current legislation, new market trends and innovations in the area of animal welfare .
We ensure adequate space for the chickens to express their natural behavior of fanning, flapping and scratching.
No chickens in our Aurora production system are kept in a cage. 70% of broiler farms are conventional type, positive pressure, with natural lighting throughout the day.
We provide a minimum of 4 hours of darkness during the night. All properties have a Management Manual and Technical Guidelines – Broiler Chickens with guidelines on animal management and welfare.
In the broilers production, we seek progress through research, and the environment is one of the most important factors in the animal production process. The facilities have constant investment in environmental improvements, to provide adequate thermal comfort to animals through temperature controllers, relative humidity, ventilation, lighting, radiation, among others. These factors directly influence the chickens welfare.
Our aviaries have heating and cooling systems, depending on the time of year, providing thermal comfort to the birds, and allowing them to express their natural behavior. All the Cooperative’s broiler properties are assured.
In 2020, we started using only eggs from suppliers that have a cage-free system in 100% of their industrialized production. We maintain our commitment to only use inputs from cage-free chickens for the production of our products, with a supplier’s proof declaration. Proof of this is the Cooperative’s ranking in EggLab’s 2022 annual report.
With technical studies and adaptations, we reduced and abolished some management practices used in the processes. Among them, we can mention:
Regarding the surgical castration of piglets, we recommend the adoption of immunological castration, promoting greater comfort and less stress to the animals. However, when this is not possible, the practice should be performed by technical recommendation, with the use of anesthetic. However, according to Normative Instruction 113, of December 16, 2020, all farms will have until January 1, 2030 to use analgesia and anesthesia in any and all surgical castration, regardless of the age of the animal.
Cutting piglet teeth is not a recommended practice on farms. In this way, we comply with the guidelines of Normative Instruction 113, of December 16, 2020, which prohibits the cutting of teeth, and we use the procedures recommended by the Sanitary Code of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE – Organization Internationale de Epizotias), which is the thinning of the teeth (but only if the welfare of the sow or the face of the piglets in the litter is compromised).
We do not adopt the practice of beak trimming in poultry, at any stage of production.
The Cooperative chooses only to adopt Immunocastration, as it is a less invasive practice.
In poultry farming, the practice of beak trimming is not performed by Aurora Coop, only the company that supplies the animals performs this practice. The Cooperative does not produce commercial eggs.
Regarding the tail docking of piglets, the practice is carried out following the technical procedures recognized worldwide by the Sanitary Code of the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health). This management is necessary for the maintenance of animal welfare. The Cooperative is recommending and guiding the entire production system, as recommended by Instruction Normatiza 113, of December 16, 2020, so that the cut is carried out only in the final third of the tail and until the third day of life of the piglets.