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Animal Health & Welfare

Animal health and welfare is important to ForFarmers and many of its stakeholders. We are passionate about helping our customers feed their animals well and keep them healthy. The most important principle here is that every animal receives the right amount of nutrients to meet its basic needs. Through innovation and nutrition, as well as the contribution of our knowledge and advice to farmers and partners in the sector, we are constantly working to improve animal health and welfare. 

Improving animal health and welfare

Many different production systems are employed within our customer base: intensive or extensive, conventional or organic, indoor and outdoor, large-scale or small-scale. We use our knowledge to make optimal use of raw materials and to optimise animal health and welfare in every production system. 

Improving animal health and welfare is an integral part of our Total Feed approach. 

Improving animal health and welfare
Improving animal health and welfare

Innovation and Nutrition

In developing feed concepts, we pay particular attention to the effects on animal welfare. In the event of a legal requirement for livestock farmers, such as beak trimming for laying hens or a ban on castration of pigs, we are able to help reduce the impact on our customers. For example, the feed composition can make a positive difference here. Innovation is an important component of this. 

ForFarmers has its own Nutrition Innovation Centre. Feed experts and innovation managers are working here to improve feed efficiency, among many other things. Social issues in the field of animal health and welfare, such as the reduction of drug use on farms, are also important research topics. Each innovation project is assessed on its impact on animal health and welfare, in addition to the other sustainability effects that ForFarmers focuses on.

Innovation and Nutrition

Antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the major challenges currently facing medicine as some bacteria are no longer responding to antibiotics. ForFarmers is committed to reducing the use of antibiotics in the livestock sector. We are always looking for nutritional solutions to help customers and veterinarians reduce, as much as possible, the amount of antibiotics being used. 

The use of antibiotics in feed varies from country to country. In Germany and the Netherlands, no medication is added to feed , in line with sector agreements. In Belgium, medication is only added to feed for young piglets when necessary. The United Kingdom has had new reduction targets for the sector since 2017. In this context, we organise workshops to proactively share the experience we have gained in the Netherlands in reducing the use of antibiotics. 

Read more about animal health and welfare in the annual report.

Antimicrobial resistance