Vion encourages limiting the use of antibiotics by coaching individual farmers in order to find an optimal balance between animal health, animal welfare and productivity. To further study this concept, Vion is supporting an EU-funded research project to investigate the potential of precision livestock farming to further reduce antibiotic use. The project started in February 2019.
In addition, Vion is active in the smart pig chains project within agri food innovation.
Compared to global pork production, the pig farmers who supply Vion are far ahead in reducing antibiotic use. The reduction started in 2008 and the use of antibiotics has already decreased significantly (source: MVO report 2019 and https://www.autoriteitdiergeneesmiddelen.nl/nl).
All animals at all Vion production sites are, without exception, anaesthetised before being bled. All stunning methods used at Vion’s production sites comply with the permitted methods as described in the European regulation 1099/2009. In order to minimise the adverse effects on animal welfare during stunning, Vion is supporting various research projects to further optimise the process of stunning pigs (source: CSR report 2018).
Vion supports the LabelFit project of the Education and Knowledge Center (LSZ) in Boxberg. This is the competence center for pork production in Baden-Württemberg (Germany). For this project we work together with stakeholders from science, industry and associations with the aim of gaining more insight into pork production from the animal welfare label “Für Mehr Tierschutz”. In addition, it is being investigated how pigs with an intact tail can be kept. Vion makes its extensive network and experience from previous projects available for this purpose.
'For More Animal Welfare'
Vion is a member of a task force that developed the requirements of the German label ‘For More Animal Welfare’, with the aim of establishing the criteria as a standard for dairy cows in terms of animal welfare. Vion Beef Germany was the first to have several slaughterhouses certified in August and September 2018 according to the criteria of this label. Since then, Vion has slaughtered dairy cattle from more than 50 companies under this program. Vion is still an active member of this program.