Farm animals

Animal breeding and animal husbandry are important mainstays of Germany's agricultural sector. The purpose of farm animal husbandry is first and foremost to produce food such as milk and meat, and to obtain animal products such as wool, hides or pelts. Targeted animal breeding helps to maintain both animal performance and animal health in the long term.

Economic conditions and consumer expectations, which have risen greatly in recent years, exert a great influence on animal husbandry as well as the legislation governing animal welfare and environmental protection. The BMEL offers a number of different financial assistance options to support science and industry in developing husbandry methods to bring about improvements regarding animal welfare, environmental impact, occupational health and safety, and competitiveness.

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Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture presents Livestock Husbandry Strategy

Livestock husbandry in Germany has a future. This is made clear by the current Livestock Husbandry Strategy issued by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The strategy maps out the path for livestock husbandry that can face the future and is sustainable, giving farmers the necessary planning security and improving livestock-farming conditions across a broad front.


Questions and answers on the subject of laying hen husbandry in Germany

Judicial authorities are currently investigating farm operators suspected of violating regulations on egg production