Health & Medication
Health situation of meat poultry in Finland is very good. There are no serious viral diseases causing secondary bacterial infections. Voluntary preventive measures are taken while importing animals. For responsible use of antibiotics focus is set in management, housing conditions and biosecurity.
The National Working Group for Meat Poultry Health Care (ETU) has since 2007 collected data about antimicrobial use for meat poultry in Finland through a yearly questionnaire aimed to the companies breeding and rearing nearly 100 % of the broilers and turkeys in Finland. The main reasons for the need of antimicrobial medications were tenosynovitis of the broiler GP and P flocks and necrotic enteritis of the meat turkeys. Penicillin and amoxicillin have been the most used antibiotics. No fluoroquinolones or third generation cephalosporins have ever been used in the poultry meat production in Finland.
See more about Consumption of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in Finland (Natural Resources Institute Finland)
Good housing conditions, peat as bedding material, whole grain feeding (low protein, high digestability) and excellent gut health of the broilers with no need for any vaccination or antibiotic treatment for the last years give a solid basis for good foot pad condition and welfare of the Finnish broilers.
National data (> 99 % of the production) of the foot pad lesion scores is collected by Animal Health ETT in Finland:
Foot pad dermatitis is infrequent in Finnish broilers (Poster, Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, Ploufragan, France 2017)