Trusted partner

Vion has strong, long-term relationships with its suppliers, and works intensively with livestock farmers, sector organizations and traders. This close collaboration with professional and reliable partners guarantees food safety when breeding, in stables and during transport. The cooperation has also allowed us to develop sustainable, animal-friendly programs for the production of meat, providing us with a substantial market share in organic meat.

In addition to a large number of producer and livestock trade organizations, two Vion subsidiaries (Vion Zucht- und Nutzvieh GmbH in North and East Germany, and Vion Farming in the Netherlands) also ensure a constant supply of beef cattle.

For more information about Vion Zucht- und Nutzvieh and Vion Farming, please see:

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Local sourcing

Vion meets the increasing demand for regional meat through a decentralized network of slaughterhouses that mainly source their animals from those regions. Our goal is to buy animals within a radius of 200 kilometres from the slaughterhouse. That is a strategic choice that minimizes animal transport times.

The Beef division has a total of nine slaughterhouses for cattle: two in the Netherlands (Leeuwarden and Tilburg) and seven in Germany (Altenburg, Bad Bramstedt, Bamberg, Buchloe, Crailsheim, Furth im Wald and Waldkraiburg).

Animal welfare

Animal welfare is a central theme at Vion. We apply strict guidelines and procedures for handling animals. This includes the effective control of transport activities to the slaughterhouse, as well as waiting time in the stables and during the slaughtering process.

Animal welfare and livestock health are closely linked, and Vion contributes to the development of independent animal welfare concepts for dairy and beef production.

Quality programmes

To manage supply chain risks, Vion encourages its suppliers to certify their activities according to a Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) scheme such as GlobalGAP, the German Quality Scheme for Food, or QS (Qualität und Sicherheit) or the Dutch Integral Chain Control (IKB). These schemes are organized independently of each other. On-farm audits are performed by independent certification bodies. As an important stakeholder, Vion contributes to the design and organization of these regulations.

ProAgrar

ProAgrar is a German Vion publication. The magazine is published four times a year in two editions (North, South) and provides German agricultural sector information concerning background and market developments in the production of cattle and pigs for the meat market.

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