Facts and figures

The Initiative Tierwohl in numbers

On the 1st of January 2015, the Initiative Tierwohl met with partners from the agricultural industry, the meat industry, the food retail and gastronomy sector for the very first time and together they made it their objective to promote more humane and sustainable meat production. A lot has happened since then and we are in a constant process of change. Below you can see the most important current facts and figures.

State of the following numbers: June, 2021

10.200 farms participate

How many animals already benefit from the measures of the Initiative Tierwohl?

Number of animals: 647 Million

Market share of the animals reared under the Initiative Tierwohl

Market share of pigs and poultry

Audits

Compliance with guidelines is very important to us. This is why we carry out regular inspections to ensure that participating farms are implementing our animal welfare criteria properly. Each farm that participates in the Initiative Tierwohl is inspected twice a year – once during a regular audit and once in a completely unannounced audit (shed inspection). The audits confirm that the majority of the farmers do implement the measures correctly. Unfortunately, every now and then there are farms that do violate the guidelines. These farms are sanctioned accordingly.

How many auditors work for the Initiative Tierwohl?

The most common reasons for failing an audit

Explanation

Turkey production: drinking water check

Drinking water and shed climate checks are carried out in addition to the audits.

Sow farming: general housing requirements

This includes the provision of legally required manipulable material, amongst other things.

Piglet rearing: health plan

This includes proof of regular veterinary examinations, as well as a documentation of loss rates.

How many abattoirs are part of the Initiative Tierwohl?

How many companies from the food retail and gastronomy sectors are part of the Initiative Tierwohl?

News from the Magazine

Highlights from the past six years and two programme phases

The Initiative Tierwohl (ITW) is looking back on six years of constant evolution. The heavy scepticism and hard-hitting criticism it received in the early stages have given way to a high level of acceptance. As a gradualistic programme, the agricultural alliance has become one of the most successful and effective providers for pig and poultry […]Weiterlesen

Initiative Tierwohl under fire – our respondes

The Initiative Tierwohl has repeatedly come under fire since its inception. We respond to the most frequently expressed, highly persistent accusations here. The Initiative Tierwohl (ITW) is pursuing an evolutionary approach. This means that the ITW looks at where many farmers are today and what the potential next steps towards better animal welfare could be […]Weiterlesen