Animal Welfare in Poland – Truth vs. Myths part III

Welfare vs. economics

Polish breeders are deeply aware that animal welfare and production performance are closely linked. Attention to animal health and comfort is crucial not only for moral reasons, but also for economic ones. Farming systems that emphasize animal welfare produce much better economic results. The value of animal health is invaluable, as healthier animals have better health, achieve higher weight gains and use available feed more efficiently. It should not be forgotten that healthy animals are more resistant to disease, which reduces the risk of loss of investment and medical costs. As a result, production costs are reduced, which has a positive impact on the economy of the farm.

Caring for calves

One of the key aspects of maintaining animal welfare in Polish agriculture is proper care of calves.

In Poland, the practice is to keep calves with suckler cows for a period of mostly up to 6 months of life, which is beneficial for animal welfare. Calves that grow up with their mothers perform better, show higher weight gains, and are less likely to develop health problems such as diarrhea or parasitic diseases. In addition, rearing by cows helps ensure that calves acquire immunity and reduce stress.

Animal transportation

Polish livestock farmers are bound by strict regulations, which are continuously inspected, both on farms and during animal transport. The Veterinary Inspection and the Agency for the Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture carry out periodic inspections of farm animal welfare on farms for compliance with EU and national standards. Meanwhile, during transport, cattle are subject to inspections by the Road Transport Inspectorate and the Police, which check the driver’s licenses, the condition of the vehicle, and the conditions in which the cattle are transported. Thanks to these strict regulations, Poland ensures decent and safe living conditions for animals, both on farms and during transport.

Restoring natural elements in breeding

In Poland, an increasing number of farms are choosing to keep animals in an open system, with protection from adverse weather conditions. This practice, known as forest-pasture grazing, is closer to the animals’ natural environment and helps improve their welfare. Trees and shrubs provide shade, shelter and a rich environment for animals, which benefits their mental comfort and health.

In Poland, farmers show great concern for animal welfare, as they understand very well that it is crucial to both the economic performance and moral values associated with farming. Based on concern for animal welfare, Polish agriculture is moving toward more sustainable and responsible production. At the same time, strict regulations governing all aspects of animal husbandry and transportation are being followed, ensuring decent and safe living conditions for animals.

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