Trident Stewardship Program
Trident Stewardship Program Logo When it comes to quality assurance and food safety, animal well-being and natural resource conservation, our practices say a lot about our company’s values. For Maple Leaf Farms, we’ve made a genuine commitment to do these things and do them well through years of progress and improvement.
Maple Leaf Farms was the first duck company in North America to implement a comprehensive duck well-being program that includes science-based duck care for all stages of production, a training program for staff and growers, and an audit system that helps us continually identify areas for improvement.
Our Duck Well-Being Guidelines set clear standard procedures for every person, practice and phase in our grow-out and processing operations. First begun in the mid-1990s, the guidelines are informed by the company’s Duck Care Core Beliefs, live production leadership and by research-driven recommendations from an advisory committee of outside experts in animal science and veterinary medicine.
Over the years, as we’ve updated and improved our guidelines, our perspective on duck well-being has evolved into the Trident Stewardship Program. Through the program Maple Leaf Farms and the farmers we partner with focus on animal well-being, quality assurance, and natural resource conservation. The result is a high performing system where expectations are transparent and accountability measures ensure that these guidelines are implemented.
Please reach out if you have any questions about our food safety, animal well-being and natural resource conservation practices. We’d love to hear from you.
  • Animal Care & Well-Being
  • QA & Biosecurity
  • Natural Resource Conservation

ducks in barn
Fast Facts
Maple Leaf Farms White Pekin ducks are raised on family owned farms, often by Mennonite or Amish farmers.
Our ducks eat an all natural diet of corn, wheat and soybeans purchased from local farmers.

Farming Practices

Maple Leaf Farms works with local contract producers who grow and care for our ducks on their family farms each day.
  • Our ducks are raised in quiet, spacious barns where they have room to roam about and have access to fresh water and feed.
  • Duck barns protect the birds from extreme weather conditions, predators and disease, but allow the fresh air needed to keep our ducks healthy.
  • Partner farmers check their flocks at least twice daily, carefully monitoring duck health, air quality and equipment.
  • Each barn is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized in between each flock.
  • Farms are audited to ensure compliance with our stewardship program guidelines.

Feed Program

We own and operate our own feed mill to ensure the highest quality nutrition for our ducks. All of the family farmers we partner with use these natural feeds.
  • A staff poultry nutritionist formulates a balanced diet for our ducks from corn, soy, wheat and other essential nutrients.
  • Our duck feeds do not contain any antibiotics, growth hormones, or RUPPs (Restricted Use Protein Products) like meat and bone meal.
  • Our feed mill holds valid certifications under the American Feed Industry Association’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program, which helps assure feed and food safety.

Duck breast production
Ducks and biosecurity
Fast Facts
Environmental monitoring and testing are important components to our quality and food safety focus. Production facilities are cleaned and sanitized daily.
Our ducks are not free range. In fact, Maple Leaf Farms has a strict biosecurity program to ensure our ducks do not come in contact with other animals.

Maple Leaf Farms does not include antibiotics in our duck feeds.

Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Food is part of the joy of living, and Maple Leaf Farms helps to bring families together over memorable meals with our commitment to the highest standards for quality assurance and food safety.
  • Maple Leaf Farms' Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans ensure our plants meet or exceed strict government food safety standards put in place by the USDA.
  • Our HACCP program is supported by employee training on Good Manufacturing Practices and other food safety standard operating procedures.
  • Each food processing plant has key critical-to-quality standards to support consistency and customer satisfaction.
  • Our processing plants have earned Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification through the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards.

Health Management

Maple Leaf Farms works to protect the health of our ducks by following stringent biosecurity (disease prevention) standards and industry programs.
  • Maple Leaf Farms has a strict biosecurity program to ensure our ducks do not come in contact with wild birds, rodents and other animals that may carry disease.
  • Visitors to farms are restricted, and in instances where visitors are allowed at the farm, they must wear protective clothing and footwear, utilize boot baths and hand sanitizers and verify they have not been in contact with hogs, other poultry or exotic birds 72 hours prior to the visit.
  • Our company has been a longtime participant in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) program. Flocks are monitored for Avian Influenza and Salmonella throughout the year and pre-processing.
  • Antibiotics are only used when prescribed by a licensed veterinarian to treat sick birds. In such cases, our company strictly adheres to pre-processing withdrawal guidelines more stringent than those given by the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and USDA.

Natural Resource Conservation
Fast Facts
Over the last two years...
• Reduced water and electricity usage by approx. 25% and natural gas consumption by about 11%
• Increased recycling tonnage by 40% and reduced the amount of waste materials going to landfills

Natural Resource Conservation

Maple Leaf Farms has an environmental ethic that respects and seeks to reduce our impact on the land, air and water in the communities where we work and live through natural resource conservation and proper waste management.
  • Consolidation within our company-owned production operations and ongoing conservation efforts have helped to significantly reduce our Midwest energy and water usage.
  • Our partner farmers have received the company’s natural resource conservation guidelines that contain recommendations for proper manure management and mortality disposal.
  • Partner farmers have participated in training to ensure they understand our commitment to the environment.
  • We continue to examine current practices for ways we can have a positive impact on natural resource conservation and the communities where we work and live.
  • Read more about our sustainability and natural resource conservation efforts through our annual sustainability reports.