Antibiotics and salmonella monitoring
- All pig and beef cattle farmers as well as all calf fatteners and poultry farms are obliged to participate in antibiotic monitoring. In cooperation with the coordinator and the farm veterinarian, all antibiotic administrations and the herd size are recorded for each individual farm. The obligation applies to livestock farmers in the QS scheme without consideration of a minimum number of animals kept (legislation: no reporting obligation for fattening ducks).
- Pig fattening farms must participate in salmonella monitoring. This obligation applies to all farms (legislation: only farms with at least 100 fattening pigs sold per year).
- Poultry farms must participate in salmonella monitoring. Each fattening run must be bacteriologically tested for salmonella.
Stock care by veterinarian
- Every animal keeper (pig, cattle and poultry) must arrange the stock care with a veterinarian. The care relationship shall be agreed by means of a written care contract. The implementation of herd care is to be documented.
List of livestock care personnel
- Each animal keeper (pig, cattle and poultry) must keep a list of animal carers with qualified information if more than one person is responsible for the care of the animals. All persons who are regularly entrusted with animal care are recorded.
Requirements for keeping turkeys for fattening
- Specific husbandry requirements for turkey rearing and fattening are defined in the Guidelines for Poultry Fattening. QS has defined requirements for a voluntary agreement on the keeping of fattening turkeys based on the uniform federal benchmarks and made them the QS Standard from the outset.
Requirements for keeping parent broilers and fattening turkeys and chick production
- Chicks for chicken and turkey fattening in the QS scheme must come from hatching eggs produced in QS-certified parent stock farms. The husbandry requirements for their parent flocks are laid down in the Guideline Agriculture Parent Poultry Husbandry.
- To ensure maximum animal health and welfare from the moment the chicks hatch, hatcheries are also integrated into the QS scheme and must meet specific requirements. QS-certified hatcheries may only purchase hatching eggs from QS-eligible parent farms to market QS chicks to QS fattening farms.
Health of footpad in poultry
- Turkey and chicken farmers must implement measures to improve foot pad health in their barns (quality of litter) and provide evidence of annual training/education.
Animal Health Index (TGI) for slaughter pigs
- Animal health indices are calculated quarterly for pig farms. Based on the slaughter results, indices are determined for each individual farm for the findings groups respiratory health, organ health, joint health and carcass integrity. They enable pig farmers to make a compact assessment of the slaughter findings and a direct comparison with other farms that have delivered to the same slaughterhouse. The basis of the animal health indices are the results of the official ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection, in each case for slaughterings of the last six months.
Residue test for calves for fattening
- Calf fatteners undergo a residue control programme on beta-agonists, artificial and natural hormones and other critical substances (e.g. chloramphenicol).
Crisis management agriculture
- An emergency plan to ensure the care of the animals (in the event of the farm manager's absence or in the event of a power failure) is obligatory.
- With a view to optimal animal housing and cleanliness, all housing facilities (especially stable floors) must be designed in such a way that the animals do not come into contact with faeces and urine more than is unavoidable. A dry lying area must be available to them (legislation: only required for pig farming).
- The specialised calf fattening farms must keep fattening calves in pens whose stable floors are equipped with an elastic padding in the feeding and lying area. This applies to new buildings as well as to renewal of stable floors in existing buildings (in each case after the cut-off date of 1 January 2020).
- In cattle husbandry, a minimum floor area is prescribed: over 400 kg live weight, at least 2.2 m2 must be available per animal (legislation: specifications only for calves up to 6 months).
- In cattle sty, the water supply is defined: in tethered housing, a self-drinker must be available at each place. In group housing, a drinking trough to animal space ratio of no more than 1:15 is required for individual animal drinkers (1:10 recommended); if trough drinkers are used, the troughs must be at least 6 cm wide per animal.