Conserving Water on Our Farms Through Reuse

Two-thirds of water used on our farms — about 20% of our company’s total operational use — support essential sanitation procedures in and around our barns. For example, to help ensure the health of our animals, wean-to-finish barns are cleaned and sanitized between groups in four steps. In 2020, sanitation teams on our farms in eastern Virginia substituted clean, recycled, gray water for fresh in the two initial cleaning stages, an innovation that conserves more than 27 million gallons of ground water per year without compromising process outcomes. With a return on investment of less than one year, it is also expected to garner annual savings of more than $140,000.