Event in São Miguel do Guaporé (RO) brought small-scale farmers and JBS technical experts together

for a training course on the Sustainable Livestock Breeding Indicators Guide (GIPS)


On October 2 and 3, JBS and the Sustainable Livestock Breeding Working Group (GTPS) held a training course on the Sustainable Livestock Breeding Indicators Guide (GIPS) for the Company’s on-site technical staff, beef procurement area employees and 30 partner farmers enrolled in the Social Fuel Seal program¹.


The basic idea behind the initiative it that the better production becomes the more efficient it is as well, helping breeders not only to produce more, but to do so better and more profitably. The participants looked at issues such as regional development, sustainability, support for continuous improvement and how the GIPS works.


Beatriz Domeniconi, GTPS coordinator, presented best handling practices and explained how the indicators work across the beef supply chain. She welcomed the Social Fuel Seal, a program JBS has joined and that offers free technical support to a group of around 250 small-scale farmers supplying the Company unit in São Miguel do Guaporé (RO). “I was already aware of the Social Fuel Seal, but I had never had the chance to speak with the on-site technical experts or with farmers involved in the program. JBS deserves to be congratulated for the initiative”, she said.


Rodrigo Stechow, JBS Commercial Manager responsible for the Social Fuel Seal and the creator of the initiative, said good management is critical to progress in business. “The issue was discussed in depth with the farmers and the course was very helpful. The participants are now ready to act as multipliers for the issues addressed during the event”, he noted.


¹ The Social Fuel Seal program, run by the Special Secretariat for Family Farming (Sead) and the Ministry for Agricultural Development (MDA), is linked to the National Biodiesel Usage and Production Program (PNPB). Since joining the Social Fuel Seal program in 2007, JBS Biodiesel has helped over 5 thousand small-scale grain producers through purchases of soybeans. The Social Fuel Seal is offered exclusively to farmers to encourage biodiesel development and generation using oilseed products, like soybeans. Beef tallow, one of several products that are produced by meat processing, is the second most important source of raw material for biodiesel in Brazil, which means its inclusion in the PNPB livestock chain for 2015 could give the economy a big boost.