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Animal well-being: how to ensure maximum health for farm animals

Animal well-being: how to ensure maximum health for farm animals

Animal well-being goes far beyond a mere ethical issue; it is a cornerstone of modern agriculture, directly impacting product quality and the sustainability of farming practices.

We delve into this crucial issue, focusing on the different livestock for which Agricole Forte produces dehydrated alfalfa forage for livestock, emphasizing the importance of this feed for cattle, sheep, goats, and horses 

The dawn of animal well-being and its evolution

Animal well-being has gained importance over the past decades, evolving from a fringe concept to a priority in animal husbandry and management.

This paradigm shift has been fueled by increased public and scientific awareness of the living conditions of animals on factory farms.

Research in this field has emphasized the importance of treating animals ethically and responsibly, which positively affects their well-being and the quality of derived products.


The role of the European Union and Italy

In Europe and Italy, animal well-being is a priority regulated by strict regulations. In Italy, particularly the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the “Istituti Zooprofilattici Sperimentali”, plays a key role in monitoring and ensuring compliance with regulations.


Official controls and the responsability of farmers

Official controls play an essential role in maintaining high animal well-being standards. In Italy, these controls are conducted by the veterinary services of ASLs, ensuring compliance with regulations. Farmers, however, are primarily responsible for staying up to date on best practices in animal husbandry and well-being.

This ongoing commitment is essential to ensure the animals' healthy and productive lives.

Moving on, let us explore the importance of nutrition, environment, and husbandry techniques in ensuring animal well-being.


The importance of nutrition and Alfalfa in Animal Well-being

Nutrition plays a crucial role in the well-being of farm animals, influencing not only their physical health but also their psychological well-being. Agricole Forte, with its production of dehydrated alfalfa forages, meets the specific nutritional needs of different species.


Dairy cows and beef cattle

A rich and balanced diet is essential for dairy cows and beef cattle.

Agricole Forte's dehydrated alfalfa, with its high nutrient content and ease of digestion, can support the health of these animals, improving milk and meat quality.

Sheep and goats

With their delicate digestive systems, sheep and goats also benefit significantly from alfalfa. This high-quality forage supports their health and productivity, being particularly suited to their nutritional needs.


For equines, including horses and donkeys, alfalfa is an excellent choice. Its high fiber and protein content helps keep the digestive system healthy, helping to prevent disorders such as colic.

Courtyard animals

Courtyard animals, such as chickens and ducks, also benefit from a diet enriched with alfalfa. This forage improves their overall health and the quality of their eggs and meat.


Breeding environment: A key factor in animal well-being

The environment in which farm animals live is just as important as their diet.

A well-designed and managed habitat is essential for animals' physical and mental well-being.

It is critical for livestock animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and horses to have sufficient space to move, rest, and interact socially. Spaces should be safe, well-ventilated, and designed to reduce stress and prevent injury.

In addition, access to the outdoors and grazing improves the quality of animals' diet and contributes to their psychological well-being.

Natural grazing allows animals to express instinctive behaviors, improving their overall health.


Breeding techniques and breeder training

As mentioned, breeding techniques and farmer training are crucial elements in ensuring animal well-being.

In fact, well-trained and informed breeders can quickly identify any health or behavior problems and intervene promptly. In this context, adopting sustainable breeding practices is good for the animals and contributes to the ecosystem's health. These practices include rotating pastures, using breeds suited to the local climate, and carefully managing natural resources, which are vital to a responsible agricultural future and quality production.


Toward a sustainable and ethical future

As we have seen, animal well-being is a concept that encompasses multiple aspects of livestock farming and farm animal management.

Every element contributes to a sustainable, animal-friendly farming system from nutrition to the farming environment, from management techniques to farmer training.

The future of agriculture depends on our ability to balance production needs with respect for animal well-being.

Through responsible husbandry practices, continuing education, and informed consumer choices, we can ensure the health and well-being of animals and the sustainability and ethics of the entire agricultural sector.

In this way, animal well-being becomes an ethical goal and a key pillar for a more prosperous and responsible agricultural future focused on bringing high-quality products to market.