Introduction to the challenge addressed

This is a demand from the large-scale distribution to DOP and IGP operators, which in turn is demanded by the end consumer. There is no scheme on the market that fits Navarra's production system.

Description of Innovation


INTIA is going to develop its own protocol, INTIA Animal Welfare, where the parameters and methodology for the assessment of animal welfare, specially designed for the type of predominant farms in Navarra (small and medium farms), will be collected. In farms under a DOP (Registered Designation of Origin) or IGP (Protected Geographical Indication) or PI (Integrated Production), where a part of the Animal Welfare requirements is included in their specifications. It is proposed as a complement to the requirements.

One of its main characteristics is that the INTIA Animal Welfare protocol is a simple but complete scheme. It provides the consumer with information on how the animals are reared and which management systems are applicated and used in Navarra. The requirements of the IGP Ternera de Navarra and PI include a large part of the requirements of the animal welfare certificate.

As mentioned above, the INTIA Animal Welfare protocol is in the process of validation. No problems have been encountered. It is an easy system to verify. The classification is well balanced (food and health are more considered than facilities and behaviour). The challenge is the recognition by large-scale distributors, as they initially recognised an Animal Welfare certification system that was not adapted to our type of farms of our region. It will be necessary to convince them that it is just as valid and fully adapted to beef cattle farms in Navarra.

The development of the protocols and the validation of the method were implemented in 5 months. INTIA work as an auditor


Impact on farm performance


Equipment costs have not been high. The greatest cost has been in the development of the protocols, the validation of the method and the implementation. It has always been done thinking that the farms meet the requirements, and this would be a way of giving the value that the consumer now demands without having an impact on the final product.

This new practice has just been implemented on farms. The collection of data on animal welfare: health data, feeding, facilities, behaviour, etc., will provide information on the current state of our farms and will allow us to rectify the deficiencies found, which will logically have a direct impact on the improvement of production conditions.

Example on data collection about “good nutrition”

5.2.1 Raw materials and natural use of pastures 

The protocol is: Animals must have access to sufficient resources, according to their age and needs, to maintain normal health and productivity and avoid prolonged hunger, thirst, malnutrition or dehydration.

The ration must consist of silage, straw, forage, concentrate, etc.

The control is: The ration components will look good and be free of pollution, moisture and dirt Natural use of pastures.

The farmer will be asked about the frequency of grazing (hours/day and months/year).The total area used by the animals (Ha of own pastures and communal pastures) will be recorded, for which the farmer will be asked or the PAC declaration will be consulted. It shall be considered appropriate when grazing for at least 6 months per year and the livestock density is 2 UGM/Ha.(animal >24 months - 1UGM, 6-24 months - 0.6 UGM). It shall only be assessed on farms where they close the cycle, that is, they fatten their calves and on those where they sale the just weaned calves.

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Farmer comment (for Good Practices)

This new practice has just been implemented on farms. Farmers see it as a good tool to become certified in animal welfare but consider that it is one more requirement for them that is not reflected in the price they receive for their meat.