Focused attention to animal welfare
We have strengthened our work on animal welfare in general including approving a new animal welfare policy and introducing a new strategy, which was approved by our Sustainable Farming Board in December 2021.
We want to be ranked as Tier 2 in the 2023 Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) Report.
We support target 2.4 by promoting sustainable food production systems and implementing resilient agricultural practices.
Concepts that care
We have a number of concepts and brands that deliver products with particularly good animal welfare. These include the Danish Antonius and Bornholmergrisen, Free Range Pigs and Cattle, ‘Dansk Kalv’, Beef Cattle and the Polish Together into the Future concepts.
In addition, our ‘Dansk Kalv’ products on the Danish market have been awarded two out of three stars in the Danish state welfare label Better Animal Welfare.
Under controlled conditions
In Denmark, Sweden and Germany, our control process for animal welfare with three steps:
- Self-checks, which are carried out by specially trained farm and abattoir staff.
- Veterinary controls with state employed veterinarians monitoring the entire process from rearing of the animals at the farms to inspections of individual animals at the abattoir.
- And unannounced external controls performed by relevant authorities and customers. The controls include mortality, proper use of hospital pens for animals and the use of medicines, which are monitored closely at the farms and are always subject to approval by the affiliated veterinarians.
Certification at the abattoirs
At all our abattoirs, trained staff handle livestock. To ensure a common approach, we have developed a tool to manage our certification programme for animal welfare at our abattoirs. The tool can clarify the various steps that abattoirs must take to comply with additional relevant standards and certification programmes. These include the Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS), which is a certification programme developed by Agriculture & Food Council. This programme works together with its abattoir members and the Danish Meat Research Institute to provide transparency in animal welfare, quality, food safety and hygiene at abattoirs.
Ranking of animal welfare
In 2021 we were ranked at the second highest level in The Business Benchmark for Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW), while in 2022 we were ranked at a lower level, i.e., Tier 3. The lower ranking is partly due to changed assessment requirements and the fact that we do not have reported adequately. We will of course address this and strengthen our reporting practices. Going forward, our goal is to achieve the second highest ranking, tier 2, by 2023