Animal health and 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.

Antibiotics and hormones

There are growing concerns about antibiotic resistance and the decreased efficiency of antibiotics in treating illnesses. Animal health is ensured through species-specific living conditions, good hygiene practices and other management, and a high level of biosecurity.

The most effective way to prevent antibiotic resistance is to only use antibiotics to treat diagnosed illnesses – this applies to people and animals alike. HKScan does not use antibiotics preventively or to promote animal growth on its own farms or its contractual production farms. The use of hormones to facilitate growth is prohibited. When antibiotics are necessary, they are used under close supervision, only on the order of a veterinarian to treat sick animals.

Species specific meat production

Read more about HKScan’s meat production.