Animal health

Animal welfare

Good treatment and welfare of production animals are our key priorities.

We want to be the best company in terms of animal welfare - throughout the value chain. We require that animals grow in good conditions in the right type of environment and receive good care. In terms of animal health and welfare, sustainability covers genetics, feeding and rearing conditions, as well as animal care on farms, during transport and in slaughterhouse operations.

We have developed our animal health and welfare approach in line with Welfare Quality principles:

  • Feeding: No hunger or thirst.

  • Housing: Thermal comfort, comfort around resting, ease of movement.

  • Health: No injuries or diseases, no pain induced by management procedures.

  • Behaviour: Social behaviours and other normal behaviours, good human-animal relationships.

Our operations are guided by the Group's Animal Welfare Policy.

We do not use antibiotics or hormones for growth promotion

In HKScan’s meat production, we invest in animal health and good conditions in all animal species and at all stages of growth. Animals are treated with antibiotics only when necessary, and only prescribed and supervised by a vet. Elsewhere in the world, antibiotics and hormones are used in animals also for growth promotion. Here, these means are forbidden and the use of antibiotics is internationally extremely low.

Together with our farmers, we have developed animal welfare on a long-term basis; for example, no antibiotics have been used in the farming of Kariniemen Kananpojat for more than ten years. HK Rypsiporsas is also farmed completely without antibiotics.

In Estonia, HKScan’s broilers are grown 100% without antibiotics, and in Denmark, 99.7% of broilers grew with no antibiotics in 2019. Since the use of antibiotics is strictly controlled, domestic meat is a safe and responsible choice in all our markets.

Animal health is ensured through appropriate living conditions for each species, good hygiene and professional practices, and a high level of disease prevention.


Species specific meat production

HKScan's species specific operating principles