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Animal welfare initiative still interesting for piglet producers

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From September 1st to 30th, 2022, interested piglet producers from Germany could register to participate in the Animal Welfare Initiative (ITW).

Posted on Oct 25 ,03:01

Animal welfare initiative still interesting for piglet producers

The ITW is now completing the registration phase: in the future, a further 215 farms with a total of a good 2.19 million animals per year will take part. In total, there are 1,318 piglet producers with around 15 million piglets per year in the ITW system. The inclusion of further piglet producers supports the long-term goal of the economy from 2024 to ensure identity from birth.

We are very happy about the participation of other piglet producers, because this will spread animal welfare bit by bit. We would liked to have included more piglet producers, but the number shows that the ITW system is still interesting for piglet producers , explains Robert Römer, Managing Director of the Animal Welfare Initiative "In the medium to long term, we need more piglet producers in the system so that from 2024 onwards with pigs to be able to guarantee keeping under ITW conditions from birth to fattening.

The next step is to audit the companies. After the piglet producers have received their approval, they can market their ITW animals accordingly. The term of the operations is limited to June 30, 2024. The farms receive the animal welfare fee of €3.57 for each piglet that can be proven to have been delivered to a fattener who participates in the animal welfare initiative. This gradually closes the chain between fattening and piglet rearing.

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