Pen sprinklers have been strategically positioned in feed yards that have adequate water resources to negate the impact of dust. Pen sprinklers are a significant investment and demand a considerable amount of water. JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding® uses both fresh water and storm water runoff in pen sprinkling systems to maximize efficiencies. Peer-reviewed studies and third-party research have documented that there is no risk to food safety utilizing storm water runoff in pen sprinklers. Using storm water runoff for dust control is extremely beneficial, reducing our demand for surface or underground water while reusing utilizing a valuable water source in a sustainable manner.
Air quality is also maintained by properly managing the feed yard pen surface. Proper drainage ensures the pen surface will dry and minimizes standing water as soon as possible, after rain or snow. When harvesting manure, excess manure is removed while leaving the biological layer on the pen surface, thus sealing the surface and reducing malodorous emissions.
Company Initiative: Focus on Energy
Each production facility includes a conservation team, with members representing all aspects of our business. This team is tasked with identifying energy- and water-saving opportunities, educating other employees, and implementing best practices. They also focus on lost product - material lost to the wastewater stream that could otherwise be made into safe, viable food products.
These efforts have won accolades from the public sector, lessened our consumption of natural resources, and positively impacted our carbon footprint. The use of energy and water is a company-wide focus, from our team members on the production line, to plant management, to our corporate sustainability team. Weekly metrics regarding our water, electricity and natural gas use (among others), are compiled and reported.