Key targets and results in terms of Atria Finland's animal welfare

AtriaSika (pigs)    
Targets 2015 Results 2015 Targets 2016
  • Research and monitoring of castration alternatives will continue
  • Research cooperation to promote animal welfare.
  • Reduction of full and partial slaughter rejections.
  • Development of the Sikava quality management system in industry collaboration. Changing the database and server platform of the Sikava system.
  • Further reduction of tail-biting. 
  • Identifying a solution from among the castration alternatives has proven more challenging than anticipated. We continue to closely monitor developments in genetics and analytics.
  • The rate of whole carcass rejection (0.3 per cent) remained the same as in 2014. Partial rejections decreased to 7.0 per cent from 7.7 per cent in the previous year.
  • Laatuvastuu operating procedures in use throughout Atria's chain. The database and server platform of the Sikava system changed. The new platform is more user-friendly, enabling better reporting and statistics.
  • Tail-biting decreased significantly last year. In 2014, tail-biting affected 2.3 per cent, while the figure for 2015 was 1.6 per cent.
  • Well-being: We are participating in the University of Helsinki's free-range pig-breeding project. The objective is to study and pilot functional free-range pig sties.
  • Biosafety: we are improving the management of biosafety risks in the chain, with the main focus on logistics and primary production farms.
  • Animal welfare: Developing, validating and deploying the welfare aspects of the Sikava/Laatuvastuu system
     
AtriaSiipi (poultry)    
Targets 2015 Results 2015 Targets 2016
  • Management of risks associated with the import of chicks.
  • Changing the breed of the parent stock.
  • Welfare support.
  • Clarification of hatchery operations and improvement of the results of farms.
  • No infectious diseases were detected in quarantine investigations.
  • Ross 508 changed to Ross 308. The switch went well. 
  • The majority of farms use one or more practices entitling them to welfare compensation.
  • Several actions taken in order to improve egg quality and hygiene. The quality of chicks has improved thanks to active advice, monitoring and breed changes. A more consistent flock produces eggs and chicks of more consistent quality.
  • Improving egg hygiene at rearing facilities.
  • Improving quality control at hatcheries
  • Continuous management of risks associated with imports.
     
AtriaNauta (beef)    
Targets 2015 Results 2015 Targets 2016
  • Launch of the project "Traceability systems for the dairy and beef chain – transparent, verifiable and responsible primary production".
  • Development of cattle health through the national cattle health database (Naseva) will continue. The main focus will be on the development of health care in production and summary reporting. The usability of information gained from health care visits for the financial planning of farms will be investigated.
  • The development of logistics and the practices of rearing facilities in order to reduce respiratory infections as part of the future development projects in primary production.
  • Advancing the use of rubber coating on slatted floors as part of primary production projects and farm-specific development work.
  • Development of Atria’s IT systems and their interfaces in order to improve the availability of animal welfare data.
  • Continuing the Mycoplasma bovis research project.
  • Completion of the investigation into the suitability of the visual assessment based QBA indicator, which is part of the WQ welfare standard, as a production development tool.
  • The "Traceability systems for the dairy and beef chain – transparent, verifiable and responsible primary production" project got off to a promising start. The ground rules for safe operating practices were created e.g. for animal trading on special levels and on the national level. The Naseva electronic health certificate and health status report was prepared to support operating. Separate instructions were created for transactions involving animals for trading and slaughter. 
  • The Naseva information system was switched to a new platform. The new system enables better monitoring of animals on farms in regard to welfare, completed studies, disease status, administered medication, product safety and mortality.
  • Data on Naseva health care visits was analysed. An evaluation was carried out to determine the suitability of the data for raising issues of animal welfare as part of marketing.
  • The use of rubber coating on slatted floors was promoted at producer events and as a part of development work.
  • The Mycoplasma bovis research project continued. The project has found that incidences of infection are decreasing in relation to the implementation of risk management activities.
  • Investigation into the suitability of the visual assessment based QBA indicator, which is part of the WQ welfare standard, as a production development tool was completed. The good conditions evaluated on the basis of the A-Index were connected to good QBA scores received by cattle. Good QBA scores were connected to improved meat content on carcasses.
  • Finishing the "Traceability systems for the dairy and beef chain – transparent, verifiable and responsible primary production" project. A two-way interface will be created for Naseva to enable farms' health indicators to be transferred directly to transportation planning systems.
  • A Naseva extra will be created for slaughter cows to support animal welfare and safe operating methods in the beef chain.
  • Naseva summaries related to use of medication and chain-level monitoring of mortality will be further developed.
  • Data that is produced by Naseva in relation to health care visits and that indicates levels of animal welfare will be put to use.
  • Continuing the Mycoplasma bovis research project. A resistance strategy, farm-specific instructions for avoiding infection and managing risks on infected farms, both on the form itself and as a part of animal trading, will be prepared in collaboration with Animal Health (ETT). The financial impact of M. bovis infections on the beef chain will be assessed.
  • Productive Beef Production -development projects: Improving cow-rearing facilities and logistics operating procedures to reduce rates of respiratory infection and using rubber coating on slatted floors will be promoted to improve foot health and comfort when cattle lie down.
  • Participation in work related to limiting rates of respiratory infection in the "Calf-breeding problems and alternatives for change" project: evaluation of the impacts of breeding methods, logistics operating procedures and immunisation programmes.