The Eurovo Group was one of the first companies at a European level to invest in alternative poultry farming and in the modernisation of its farms in compliance with animal welfare regulations.
Every Eurovo farm is regularly monitored, whilst the management and care of the animal is entrusted to competent and trained personnel that constantly check the environmental values, welfare, feeding and health of the laying hens. The hens are bred in respect of their well-being and the regulations in force.
The Eurovo farms:
On the organic farms, the hens are bred outdoors and fed exclusively with feed from organic agriculture.
In the free-range structures, the hens are free to roam and scratch about in a covered environment and lay eggs in the nests on the ground.
On the open-air farms, the hens are reared in large open spaces with vegetation and covered shelters.
Comprising this type of farming are the batteries that comply with the legislation in force regarding animal welfare.
Protecting the health and welfare of laying hens at all stages of growth is a priority for Eurovo and a pillar of our sustainability strategy and ethical principles. During 2022 and 2023, the Group has continued investments in order to achieve shared goals for animal welfare.
ENRICHED CAGE FARMS
The commitment to gradually convert enriched cage systems to cage-free systems has been achieved, and from July 2023, all Italian farms already owned before 2021 are cage-free (organic, free-range, barn).
The extension of the commitment, initially planned for 2027, was deemed necessary as a result of the emergency situations that have affected the sector and the market, slowing and complicating the gradual achievement of the goal, which requires a major commitment of both human and economic resources, in addition to being linked to the time required to obtain the necessary authorizations and the implementation of investments.
At the end of 2021 the project to improve the welfare of laying hens, launched at the beginning of the same year in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the University of Bologna and the NGO Compassion in World Farming, was completed.
This scientific project provided for the periodic monitoring of indicators specially selected to evaluate the behaviour and the welfare of animals, including their movements, flights and jumping attempts, dust baths, access to nests. The observations of the behaviour at the end of the research show that the animals, when the ramps are present, tend to use them to move between the floors, thus improving the ability of movements of the hens.
The results of the project confirm the commitment communicated to use only open aviary systems, to be carried out in two phases:
- Farms that entered into ownership before 2020 will be adjusted by 2025;
- Farms that entered into ownership from 2021 to the end of 2022 will be adjusted by 2027.
The necessary changes will be made to the structures that need them to increae the freedom of movement and the well-being of laying hens, as alredy foreseen by our commitment. In this regards we confirm that the interventions necessary for these changes are proceeding as planned.
The commitment also involves all the so called “combi systems” directly managed by the Group in the other countries (France, Spain, Poland and Romania) with adaptation of the structures by the end of 2027.
We are proud to be able to confirm our objectives despite the serious difficulties of this time as a demonstration of our commitment.
[Update of June 2022]