Footpad scores

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.

Footpad scores as welfare indicator

National data (> 99 % of the production) of the foot pad lesion scores is collected by Animal Health ETT in Finland:

Foot pad scores Finland 2012-2022

See also:

Foot pad dermatitis is infrequent in Finnish broilers (Poster, Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, Ploufragan, France 2017)