The husbandry types

Overview and distinguishing criteria

The five husbandry types are distinguished by criteria such as type of livestock housing, occupational material and access to open air runs. This classification gives consumers an idea of the respective husbandry conditions animals have been kept under and provides them with a clear overview.


The five husbandry types for pigs

The requirements apply to fattening pigs from ten weeks to slaughter. For further information please refer to Annex 4 of the Act on Animal Husbandry Labelling (PDF, accessible).

The animal husbandry label

The animal husbandry label consists of a rectangle with rounded corners as an outline, inside which the word “Tierhaltung” (animal husbandry) is written vertically at the far left, from the bottom up. To the right of the word “Tierhaltung”, there are five smaller rectangles with rounded corners, one below the other, next to which the respective types of husbandry are written in the following order: “organic”, “outdoor runs/free range”, “indoor with fresh air”, “indoor+space” and “indoor housing”. The QR code must be located to the right of the husbandry types.

Animal husbandry label for mixed husbandry

If one packet of food contains several foodstuffs that are (at least partially) subject to labelling requirements or if the product in question is a “mixed” product such as minced meat, the respective percentages of the different husbandry types must be indicated to the nearest 5 percent. There are some exceptions where it is not necessary to indicate the specific percentages, for instance, if at least 80 % of the foodstuff or packaged product is from one type of husbandry. In this case, only this main type of husbandry needs to be indicated.