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Cobb has a long-standing commitment to animal welfare. We are dedicated to the health and well-being of the chickens that we breed, raise and distribute worldwide. To achieve this goal, we have clear standards and expectations for animal handling and care at our farms and hatcheries, and we work with many researchers and poultry experts to continuously advance poultry health and poultry well-being.

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EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

HEALTHY BIRDS

COBB CARES

Education and Awareness - Cobb

We believe that chickens should be respected, raised and treated in a proper, humane manner. This is a company expectation and responsibility, and is also a primary motivation that serves as a foundation for our training programs, our husbandry methods, and the breed selection process used to develop the future direction of Cobb-Vantress, Inc. This commitment to animal welfare is not only the right thing to do, it is also an important moral and ethical obligation we owe to our employees, our farmers, our customers, and most importantly to the chickens we depend on for our products and our livelihood. The Cobb pledge to animal welfare extends from the company president to all employees and contractual staff members at all global locations:

"Cobb-Vantress, Inc. is committed to the welfare and proper handling of all the birds which we care for directly, and those which we produce and sell to the broiler breeder industry worldwide. We pledge to diligently pursue new and improved genetics, technology, and husbandry practices that will result in enhancing animal well-being and improving bird health. With this commitment to animal welfare, Cobb will be able to sustain the health and well-being of our genetic lines, provide for the needs of the global poultry industry, and contribute to the future of all our Team Members and business partners. All Cobb-Vantress Team Members, as well as our contract growers, have a binding responsibility to serve as stewards of the birds we work with every day, respecting and treating them in a proper humane manner."

New Employee Training

New Employee Training - Cobb

We believe that initial training is a key component of the framework for animal welfare education at Cobb. We divide new employee training into two categories:

  • Orientation training is required for all new employees before actual on-site work starts. This on-boarding training includes Cobb’s animal welfare expectations and policies, and also includes a signed validation from each employee for the consequences that will take place for any violations of company animal welfare policies.
  • Hands-on training is required for all new employees working with live animals. This practical animal welfare training provides specific knowledge and hands-on experience as it relates to care for chickens at the farm or hatchery. Training includes essentials of daily chicken care, correct handling, poultry health and behavior characteristics, humane euthanasia of any injured or sick birds, and verification of environmental conditions for bird comfort. It also incorporates the Cobb ‘buddy system’ that pairs new employees with experienced staff during the early portion of their employment at Cobb so new employees can improve their competency and confidence in working with chickens.


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Learn more about Cobb’s Commitment and Focus

EDUCATION AND AWARENESS

HEALTHY BIRDS

COBB CARES

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