Brazil is the third-largest producer and exporter of pork in the world. Production-wise, Brazil is surpassed by China and the European Union (EU), while in exports, the EU and Canada occupy the first two positions.
This relevant ranking position is the result of a process that started in the 1970s, when pork production was changing from a backyard activity to an integrated and advanced production chain, especially in the country’s South and Southeast Regions. Historically, these are areas that saw significant immigration from pork-rearing Europeans.
Most pig farms are integrated into a system that connects producers closely with processing centers, which allows for precise quality control and ensures animal welfare. All Brazilian pork is hormone-free. This is just one of the aspects that are strictly monitored, as well as all the sanitary processes.
The production chain is supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture, which also monitors each stage of the operations with specialized professionals in various departments. The Federal Inspection Service (Serviço de Inspeção Federal – SIF) plays a role in on-site inspections in each exporting unit.
Sustainability in Brazilian pork
Brazil’s pork producers feed their animals with locally grown corn, soy, wheat, and sugarcane. It is also common for farms to generate renewable energy, which potentiates the industry’s actions to reduce methane emissions.
Initiatives such as the National Waste Control Program, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, Sanitation Standard Operation Procedures, and Standard Operating Procedures are used to keep the quality and health of Brazilian pork and pork products.
For instance, in the Mato Grosso do Sul state, highly trained technicians assist independent producers with monthly monitoring of financial and strategic management with a focus on decision-making.
The program helps in adapting to environmental criteria and improving the quality of life of farmers and their employees. Aspects such as animal care and nutrition complete the training, considering the high cost of pig feed production.