Our Strategy - Helping Customers Thrive

In this section, we provide information on our aims, performance and future plans for continuous improvement of health and safety across our global company.

We update our objectives and report on performance each year. Click on the sections below to learn about our progress in the financial year that ended on 30 June 2016 and the plans we are pursuing for 2016-17.


  • Ensure at least 90% of staff complete health and safety training tailored to their role
  • Establish comprehensive reporting in every business and region, to be reviewed quarterly by the Chief Operating Officers
  • Maintain the reduction in incidents on owned premises and develop ways to reduce animal-related incidents on non-owned premises
  • Identify opportunities for improvement, through monthly incident reviews by management


  • 83% of staff completed training tailored to their role
  • Significant improvement in incident reporting, reviewed by COOs
  • Improved reporting resulted in an increase in incidents on owned property, with actions taken to mitigate risk
  • In response to the type of incidents being reported:
    • we delivered advanced training in animal handling to 94% of those working directly with animals
    • we launched a ‘safe driving’ initiative in the UK.

PLANS FOR 2016-17

  • Reduce our vehicle incident frequency rate in the UK and US fleets
  • Increase ‘near miss’ reporting for all owned production sites
  • Reduce the number of recordable incidents on non-owned premises.

Case Studies

Training on safe driving

Training on safe drivingTo enhance awareness of safe driving practices, we recently delivered a programme of training for 500 UK employees who drive regularly as part of their roles for the company. Delivered with the help of an expert partner, AA DriveTech, these sessions took place in locations across the country and helped participants to understand and manage the type of risks they encounter on the road. The training covered core principles but also practical steps that drivers can take to reduce risks to themselves and those around them.


Safe storage of liquid nitrogen

Safe storage of liquid nitrogenLiquid nitrogen (‘LN2’) plays a key part in storing bull semen. However, LN2 boils at -196°C, so even fleeting contact can permanently damage skin and soft tissues. In addition, one litre of LN2 can create 700 litres of gas, posing an asphyxiation risk. We have introduced measures to control the risks. For example, in the UK we have worked with our transport supplier to modify its vans, keeping LN2 storage separate from the driver’s compartment.


Safe Animal Handling Training

Safe Animal Handling TrainingWe have introduced a new range of training materials focusing on safe animal handling, designed to increase our employees' understanding of the learned and instinctive behaviours of animals so they take informed decisions during their work.

Safe Animal Handling TrainingThe training materials were developed in-house using a combination of information from experts from around the business and commonly accepted scientific principles of animal behaviour. Three courses have been produced, translated and allocated to all our employees who handle cattle, bulls and pigs. By June 30th 2016, 94% of these employees had successfully completed this training.

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