Healthy chickens is a given
Our starting point is that each chicken must be comfortable and be reared in a good environment, from hatching to slaughter. Good animal welfare is an intrinsic part of our operations for ethical reasons, not only because it is what we and our consumers expect, but also because it is directly linked to quality, resource efficiency and profitability.
Providing the right pen environment and the right feed is essential to keep the chickens healthy, to help them grow and to provide nutrition and energy as effectively as possible. Only chickens that feel good can grow in a healthy way.
We work with carefully selected breeders in each country, and set strict requirements based on a Nordic platform for chicken rearing. These requirements include, for example, the animals being able to wander freely in the pens and no growth hormones being used.
Antibiotics or any other kind of medicine may only be given to sick animals. There are also clear requirements in place for heating, lighting, ventilation, bedding and equipment for feed and water. The health of the chicken flocks is monitored on a daily basis by the rearing farm and the pen environment is measured using a number of key indicators.
Ethics in transport and slaughter
Animal ethics are a high priority in the transport and slaughter of the chickens. Transport from the breeders to our plants in cold climate conditions (Sweden, Finland, Norway) is carried out in specially adapted lorries that have temperature-controlled ventilation.
Transport distances and arrival times are planned and registered to ensure that each chicken is handled within set time frames, and that they are always slaughtered on the same day they are transported. All of the chickens are checked on arrival and stunned before slaughter. Animal health is checked by an official vet.
A Group-wide statement for animal welfare at Scandi Standard was adopted by Group Management in 2019, which you can read HERE.