OUR RESPONSIBILITY

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Food Safety From Farm to Fork

While delivering on taste, it is our utmost responsibility to provide food that is safe and nutritious for our consumers. HyLife utilizes a comprehensive food safety and quality control program, involving both internal and independent auditing. Our program begins with the provision of safe, nutritionally balanced feed to our animals and includes numerous other strict procedures involving proper animal welfare, meticulous monitoring and testing before and during processing, and stringent packaging and shipping requirements. HyLife’s comprehensive food safety program ensures its products are closely monitored every step of the way, which means your food is fully traceable from farm to fork. From our farms to our processing plants to our transportation fleets, our different divisions work together to ensure that what reaches your plate is of the highest quality.

Farm Quality

All our farms are Canadian Pork Excellence certified.

  • Our nutrition team safeguards our animal’s optimum diet.
  • HyLife world-class veterinarians pay regular visits to the facilities, making sure all the needs and requirements of our animals are being met.
  • We have an internal auditing system to ensure we are compliant with all food safety requirements.
  • Everyone at our farms receives special training on animal health care as well as proper animal welfare procedures.
  • Our Food Safety programs outlining standard procedures maintain the consistency of our products.
  • All company livestock drivers are TQA (Transport Quality Assurance) certified.

Farm Quality

All our farms are Canadian Pork Excellence certified.

  • Our nutrition team safeguards our animal’s optimum diet.
  • HyLife world-class veterinarians pay regular visits to the facilities, making sure all the needs and requirements of our animals are being met.
  • We have an internal auditing system to ensure we are compliant with all food safety requirements.
  • Everyone at our farms receives special training on animal health care as well as proper animal welfare procedures.
  • Our Food Safety programs outlining standard procedures maintain the consistency of our products.
  • All company livestock drivers are TQA (Transport Quality Assurance) certified.

Food Quality

HyLife ensures hogs are handled gently at all times.

  • Hogs are inspected to ensure they are fit for production.
  • Confirmatory testing is performed to make sure the new hogs comply with incoming requirements and are Ractopamine free.
  • Process times, temperature and equipment functionality are some of the monitored items at the plant.
  • Our monitored procedures provide information that can be analyzed and used in the continuous improvement of our products.
  • Final product testing ensures highest quality products.
  • All our products are under temperature control.

Feed Quality

Being Feed Assure certified means:

  • We are part of the Gold Standard in Feed Safety.
  • We have a full HACCP System that includes prerequisite programs and processes and controls that are customized to the feed industry and bring the highest safety standards to feed production.
  • We have annual third-party audits to ensure the effectiveness of our safety controls.
  • We have domestic recognition.
  • We have international recognition having met international standards in managing feed safety risks.

Animal Care

To help guarantee the superior health and humane treatment of its herds, HyLife adheres to strict bio-security procedures throughout the production cycle. HyLife invests heavily in professional veterinary care and nutrition management, as well as providing optimal environmental conditions for its animals. Employees receive comprehensive training in animal care and handling techniques, which complies with national and international standard programs that are widely recognized in the pork industry. The result of such diligence is that HyLife Foods is able to produce high quality pork products that meet the standards of today’s consumer.

Grain Purchasing

HyLife regularly purchases a variety of grain commodities to be used as feed for its animals. We manufacture approximately 1700 tonnes of feed/day.

With five locations in Manitoba, one location in eastern Saskatchewan and one location in North Dakota, we cover a wide range of delivery points. Our facilities have grain testing equipment and each load is tested before unloading. We have a logistics department and have trucks available to pick up. Prices and volumes vary at each location.

If you are interested in becoming a grain supplier to HyLife we encourage you to contact:

Dennis Kornelsen
Director of Commodity Purchasing
p. 204.424.6009

Global Feed Mill Operations

HyLife’s current Feed operations produce over 430,000 tons annually, split between five feed mills – four in Manitoba and one in North Dakota. All of our mills are HACCP certified and undergo annual inspections in order to retain this certification. Our current requirements for feed are well over 500,000 tons annually which necessitates our engagement of various other commercial mills in order to produce all of the feed we require.
All grains delivered to the HyLife mills get tested for bushel weight, vomitoxin and moisture before being unloaded. Each type of grain must meet a specific requirement or risk being received at a discounted price or rejected.

Randolph Feed Mill

Randolph Feed Mill, located near Randolph Manitoba, is the newest addition to the Feed Division, opened in August 2016.

Specs:

  • Produces over 250,000 tons of pelleted feed annually
  • Over 7,000 tons of total storage
  • (2) 350 Horsepower Andritz Hammer Mills
  • 5 ton Dual Ribbon LMM Mixer
  • (2) 500 Horsepower Andritz Pellet Mills
  • (2) Double Deck LMM Coolers
  • Automated weigh lorry system to speed up loading of feed trucks
  • Dual probe system allows a for faster, more representative grain sample for testing
  • Requires approximately 86,000 acres to produce the necessary grains for annual production

By focusing on the health and well-being of our livestock, HyLife is able to achieve the goal of producing pork products that meet the high quality standards demanded by today’s consumer.

We provide our employees with comprehensive training in animal care and handling techniques as well as nutrition management. We also have professional veterinarians on staff that oversee the health and care of our animals on a daily basis.

With a TQA Certification, we make sure that everyone who is in contact with our animals has a positive impact on their well-being.

HyLife is committed to following the Canadian Code of Practice. The result of such diligence is a safe, healthy, tastier product for your table.

The Hylife Environmental Management Program

Our environment is not just important – it is life-sustaining. As a responsible steward of the environment, HyLife aims to produce the highest quality agricultural product while improving and safeguarding environmental conditions for all life in the communities within which we operate.

In keeping with our stewardship responsibilities, the HyLife Environmental Management Team is tasked with ensuring that all activities undertaken are environmentally sound. This includes new farm development, manure storage facility construction & maintenance, and nutrient application activities.

Site Development

HyLife’s Environmental Management Team is involved in the development of all new livestock operations from concept to completion. New operations are only approved after the Team is completely satisfied that the development is environmentally sustainable and has met or surpassed all regulatory requirements.
As part of the process, the Environmental Management Team conducts an in-depth investigation of the overall site suitability for livestock operations, including hydro-geologic testing; a review of land availability for nutrient application; complete soil analyses to confirm suitability for nutrient application; and development of solutions for any potential surface water concerns.

R3 Innovations

In 2008, HyLife Foods invested $24 million dollars for the development of R3 Innovations Inc. Meeting some of the most stringent discharge guidelines in North America, R3 employs state-of-the-art technology to treat and discharge wastewater exiting the processing plant. R3 represents our environmental commitment to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

“R3 Innovations has the ability to treat 100% of the wastewater generated from HyLife Foods”

R3 Innovations has the ability to treat 100% of the wastewater generated from HyLife Foods, with a portion of the treated water undergoing further processing using a Reverse Osmosis system. This processed water is stored and chlorinated for use in HyLife’s truck wash, and also used to cool down the pork processing plant’s refrigeration system. The ability to reuse this water further reduces HyLife’s environmental footprint by reducing the demand for fresh water at the facility – a great accomplishment for HyLife Foods to further our commitment to environmental stewardship.

“We take pride in our uncompromising environmental standards and as a result, invest a lot of time and money into water, soil, and manure management. We are committed to continuous improvement for the future”.

Claude Vielfaure, President of HyLife

Water Quality Monitoring

HyLife™ works continuously to protect our groundwater supply for both current and future generations. Our Environmental Management Team consistently monitors and maintains HyLife’s™ facilities, including a minimum of five annual inspections of each facility to ensure all aspects of our operation are within our strict guidelines. Groundwater quality in and around our facilities is tested annually, as well as drinking water quality and quantity sampling within each operation. The results from these tests are compiled, analyzed and submitted to Manitoba Sustainable Development.

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Water Resource Protection

HyLife goes to great lengths to measure and monitor every liter of water used in the production of pork within our facilities. Production sites record their water use daily and submit the records to our Environmental Compliance Team to ensure they are using this resource efficiently. Over the past five years, HyLife has reduced its water requirements per kilogram of pork produced by 9%.

Water is our greatest natural resource and HyLife is committed to its preservation. Because groundwater protection is vitally important, HyLife monitors a network of over 200 groundwater monitoring wells around our sites to ensure groundwater is not affected in and around our facilities.

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Water Resource Protection

HyLife goes to great lengths to measure and monitor every liter of water used in the production of pork within our facilities. Production sites record their water use daily and submit the records to our Environmental Compliance Team to ensure they are using this resource efficiently. Over the past five years, HyLife has reduced its water requirements per kilogram of pork produced by 9%.

Water is our greatest natural resource and HyLife is committed to its preservation. Because groundwater protection is vitally important, HyLife monitors a network of over 200 groundwater monitoring wells around our sites to ensure groundwater is not affected in and around our facilities.

Environmental Compliance

HyLife is committed to total environmental compliance at all of our facilities. For more information on the regulations governing HyLife’s operations, visit Manitoba Sustainable Development’s website here.

Nutrient & Soil Management

HyLife has a specific objective to provide partnering landowners with a high-quality manure nutrient product applied in a consistent, safe and sustainable manner. To aid this process, HyLife conducts detailed soil analyses and employs certified Agrologists. Our Environmental Management Team develops and implements detailed nutrient management plans for each individual HyLife site and is involved in all on-farm manure application activities to ensure application rates meet crop requirements.

We track all nutrients applied on all land receiving manure from HyLife facilities, which are monitored by Global Positioning System equipment. This ensures compliance of all field setback requirements and avoids any potential application concerns. Great care is taken to ensure this natural resource is utilized to its fullest extent. Learn more about 4R Nutrient Stewardship here.

Our Community

The HyLife group of companies strongly believes in our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live and work. We accomplish this by supporting, advocating, volunteering and fundraising for local projects and organizations that benefit the people in our communities. People are our greatest asset, both at HyLife and in our communities, and we don’t ever want to take that for granted.

Some of the Great Organizations HyLife is Proud to Support

  • Art Forward
  • Agape House
  • Beautiful Plains Foundation
  • Bethesda Hospital Foundation
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Christmas Cheer Board
  • École Saint-Joachim Scholarship
  • Grunthal Menno Home
  • Killarney Community Centre
  • Kola Rec Centre
  • La Broquerie Arena
  • La Broquerie Club Sportif, Pee Wee Provincials
  • Le Chalet de La Broquerie
  • M.S. Society
  • Maison Chappelle Historic Site
  • Mennonite Central Committee
  • Mennonite Heritage Village Museum
  • Mitchell Arena
  • Neepawa Amateur Wrestling Association
  • Neepawa Boxing Club
  • Neepawa Chamber of Commerce
  • Neepawa Golf and Country Club
  • Neepawa Minor Hockey
  • Neepawa Soccer Association
  • Red River College South Eastman Education Centre
  • St. Malo Summer Festivals
  • Ste. Anne Hospital
  • Steinbach Aquatic Centre
  • Steinbach Bethesda Foundation
  • Steinbach Minor Hockey
  • Steinbach Pistons
  • Steinbach Regional Secondary School Scholarship
  • Steinbach Summer in the City
  • The Beautiful Plains Foundation
  • The Yellowhead Centre
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Youth for Christ

Fundraising

As part of HyLife’s commitment to give back to the communities in which we do business, our employees are encouraged to give generously of their time and energy to better the communities in which they live. This includes fundraising initiatives to support a wide variety of community projects and events. We are proud of the personal financial contributions HyLife employees frequently make to such causes.

Every year we award the employee who has gone above and beyond in their community. This employee receives the HyLife Volunteer of the Year Award which symbolizes HyLife’s corporate and individual commitment to making our world a better place.

HyLife Fun Days is an amazing vendor and employee-sponsored charity fundraising event. The objective of this fundraiser is to bring HyLife staff and our valued vendors and suppliers together to generate donations in the form of sponsorship whereby all net proceeds are equally divided and presented to identified charities.
Since the debut of this fundraising initiative, HyLife Fun Days focused on hockey and broomball engagement. This year, we are pleased to feature hockey and basketball and to note that our tournament has grown from four to ten teams, including many girls’ teams!

In the past, funds raised have gone to support CancerCare Manitoba, Children’s Wish Foundation, Southern Health’s Out of the Blue Program, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and Special Olympics Manitoba to name a few.

HyLife Fun Days has raised over $650,000 for local charities.