Animal Welfare & Antibiotic Use
As part of our commitment to continually improving animal welfare we are developing our data collection processes and transparent reporting from the farms that supply us. This forms part of our long-term supply agreements with strategic suppliers.
We measure various Key Welfare Indicators (KWIs) in our dairy supply chain to monitor improvements of farm animal welfare. For example, where antibiotics are used to safeguard the health and well-being of livestock, we are taking measures to ensure responsible use by collecting data from farmers and engaging with them through on-farm training practices. Through this training, and data collection, we have seen farmers reduce overall cases of diseases such as mastitis, as well as lowering the repeat cases to below the national average.
To learn more about our approach to responsible use of antibiotics across industry sectors, please visit our dedicated page on Antibiotics.
See further KWIs that we measure in the table below:
Key Welfare Indicator
Highest Priority Critically Important Antimicrobials, or HP-CIAs, (as defined by the European Medical Agency) are used in preventative treatments for human and animal health. Lidl recognises that antibiotics are an essential part of maintaining animals’ health and welfare. Farmers within our supply chain are taught how to use these medicines responsibly and sparingly with the guidance of as little as possible, as much as necessary. Further details can be found in our Antibiotic Stewardship Policy.
Supplying farmers have reduced the year on year use of HP-CIAs by 71%, with 40% of supplying farms reporting no use of HP-CIAs.
Mastitis is a condition that effects the cow’s udder. Through experience and training, farmers have learnt preventative measures and if this condition occurs, how best to treat it. This can be done with the responsible use of antibiotics or alternative strategies like anti-inflammatory use to ensure the cow’s health and welfare remain a top priority.
Supplying farmers, on average, have 14% less occurrences of mastitis on their farms against the national average.
This is an indicator of the cow’s foot health and ties closely into the five freedoms in our animal welfare policy. Through early identification, a farmer can prevent any issues and provide the appropriate care to help a cow display natural behaviour, ensuring easy access to her feed and water, which is an essential aspect for that cow to live a free and happy life.
60% of supplying farms are proactively mobility scoring on a monthly basis.
|This is another indicator farmers use to understand the cow’s health status, from how often they give birth to a healthy calf. Monitoring this number allows them to better understand how well the cow’s environment and diet meets its needs and ties closely into the cow’s health, welfare and fertility.|
Supplying farmers, on average, are performing 5 days better than the national average on calving interval.