Label rearing guarantees customers high animal welfare standards and good products.

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Rearing

Because the home makes a difference; so does the meat processing. Whenever possible, Micarna uses animals in its production that have spent their lives on a label farm.

Access to open air, retreating opportunities, sufficient light and short transport routes are the cornerstones of Micarna’s animal welfare concept. Therefore, nearly 70 per cent of the animals processed by Micarna are label animals (TerraSuisse, Bio) and are raised with animal welfare standards far exceeding the legal requirements. Our label animals are not prophylactically treated with antibiotics.

Micarna – Pig rearing

Among pigs, nearly 60 per cent live on so-called label farms, the majority of them on TerraSuisse farms. TerraSuisse stands for near-natural, animal-friendly agriculture. The sustainability programme is based on the IP-Suisse guidelines, the Swiss union of integrated producing farmers. Pigs raised in this way live in especially animal-friendly conditions and have access to the outdoors.

 

Proportion of label rearing

43% Classic 56% TerraSuisse 2% Bio
Micarna – Beef rearing

Around 60 per cent of all cattle at Micarna originate from label rearing. The majority of them live on TerraSuisse farms. The sustainability programme is based on the IP-Suisse guidelines, the Swiss union of integrated producing farmers. Livestock raised in this way live in especially animal-friendly conditions and have access to the outdoors. Every tenth cattle is raised with organic farming, which means they enjoy additional time in the meadow. So-called “Bio-Weide-Beef” stands for grassland-based organic beef production. The animals are kept in the meadow during the vegetation period in the summer and in animal-friendly stables with access to the outdoors in the winter.

 

Proportion of label rearing

36% Classic 53% TerraSuisse 11% Bio
Micarna – Calf rearing

Four out of five calves that are processed at Micarna live on TerraSuisse farms. The sustainability programme is based on the IP-Suisse guidelines, the Swiss union of integrated producing farmers. This means that the calves live in especially animal-friendly stables with access to the outdoors and receive at least 1,000 litres of whole milk.

 

Proportion of label rearing

24% Classic 76% TerraSuisse
Micarna – Poultry rearing

Around 95 per cent of our chickens originate from label rearing, most of them from Optigal farms. Optigal chickens are raised on family farms in Switzerland and are kept in especially animal-friendly facilities with access to an outdoor climate area. The partnership along the entire value creation chain guarantees Optigal an efficient use of resources along with limited impact on the climate. In organic farming the livestock also receives access to a meadow and is exclusively fed with organic feed.

 

Proportion of label rearing

5% Classic 93% Optigal 2% Bio