Chicken

We say no to antibiotics

In accordance with current legislation in the Nordic region, antibiotics are not used as a preventive measure in the rearing process, unlike many other countries. The use of antibiotics among Nordic breeders is also very low, a sign of good animal husbandry.

The increasing resistance to antibiotics is a global health challenge, and we understand that we play an important role in minimising the use of antibiotics in food production.

Since September 2017 a non-Nordic company has been part of Scandi Standard for the first time. This is the Irish company Manor Farm where a higher proportion of flocks are treated with antibiotics. An action programme was carried out during the year to reduce this use, which resulted in a significant fall.

We have clarified our attitude towards antibiotics in a new Group-wide statement that was decided in 2019, which you can read HERE. This statement, our working methods and the results in the Nordic companies lead the way in a global comparison, and also lead the way when compared with the stricter EU rules for the use of antibiotics in animal production, which were decided in November 2018.

Animal health and feed efficiency

 

Goals

2018

2017

2016

Antibiotics,

percentage of treated flocks, %

<1

13.5
0.0 excl Ireland

0.2

0.3

Foot health,

foot points

<10

14
6  excl Ireland

9

14

Feed efficiency,

kg feed/kg live weight

1.55

1.54
1,54 excl Ireland

1.56

1.59

The chickens’ health is monitored using a number of parameters. The central key indicators are the low use of antibiotics and foot health as indicators of good animal health and pen environment. The figures for the use of antibiotics above can be compared with approximately 40−80 percent of flocks treated in many European countries. Foot health is measured in terms of foot points; a low score indicates good foot health. Values under 15−20 are good in an international comparison.

Irish Manor Farm are included for the first time in the 2018 Report. For comparability with 2017 results, figures excluding our Irish facilities are also reported.

This diagram shows feed efficiency when rearing different kinds of animals measured as the amount of feed in relation to growth (the weight is the live weight). The figures given should be seen as the mean value of the FCR values from several published sources. As a result of increased feed efficiency, the use of natural resources and associated costs are reduced at the following stages: less agricultural land, less transportation, reduced energy consumption for feed production and reduced water consumption throughout the value chain.