The careful responsible transport of pigs is essential for ensuring animal welfare. In addition, good, stress-free transport ultimately affects the quality of the pork. 

The transport of pigs is subject to various demands. These regulations conform to European directives and are based on the ISO-9002 standard. This is in addition to the demands set out in the IKB quality assurance system.

The transport rules are set out in a handbook and contain criteria governing registration, documentation and hygiene. They require that no calming agents are used on the animals for transport and that the drivers are expertly trained.

The transport of pigs must meet the requirements for quality. The bed of the vehicle must be rough and covered with appropriate litter. Animal trucks must have adjustable ventilation openings for an optimal temperature of 16°C. Journey times are limited as far as possible. When the pigs are delivered, the vehicles are cleaned and disinfected.

…& Pork

Pork destined for supermarkets or other buyers is transported in specially designed refrigerated vehicles. Sometimes the meat is transported already packaged for the consumer; in other cases, larger parts are vacuum packed or even deep-frozen so they can be used packaging companies or of meat product producers. 

Meat must remain cooled — from the moment of processing all the way to the refrigerator or freezer of the consumer. The industry and the government are both involved in checking that the meat never gets above 7 degrees Celsius.