We have long invested in the improvement and development of the Rovagnati Livestock area through proprietary, directly-managed facilities and others that are indirectly controlled. This journey began in 1994 when we purchased our first land, and has accelerated notably since 2019 with further investments aimed at restructuring, reclamation, and optimization in accordance with higher quality standards.
Rovagnati has two supply chains: the 3I supply chain, from pigs born, raised and selected in Italy, and the Rovagnati AW supply chain, which instead adheres to the Swiss Animal Welfare (TIERWOHL SCHWEIZ - TWS) guidelines, among the highest in Europe.
Alongside the Rovagnati supply chains we work with several external suppliers (exclusively slaughterhouses and butchering facilities) recognized at the European level for relevance and size, and selected according to quality and conduct criteria aligned with our values. The companies we work with are required to comply with EU and national laws governing standards guaranteeing animal welfare, and to adhere to the contents of the Rovagnati Code of Ethics by committing to its principles and standards of behavior. In order to assess the quality of suppliers, we include adherence to the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) programme, of which BRC, IFS and FSSC 22000 certifications are part, as a preferential selection criterion.
External supply chains include Naturals, which is certified by DNV for animal welfare management. Through the development of a specific Animal Welfare program, it ensures good animal husbandry and welfare practices.
Animal Welfare within the Rovagnati AW supply chain
1. No antibiotic use from birth
From birth to selection of the animal, no antibiotics can be administered except for the animal’s own protection. All animals, if necessary, can be treated by modern systems of medication in the drinking water or by medicated feed.
In these specific cases, medication is administered under the strict supervision of our in-house veterinary team, and withdrawal times as according to law are observed.
All Rovagnati AW production sites have very stringent biosecurity measures and high health protocols in place, that are constantly monitored by our operators. All production units are registered and monitored under the national "Classy Farm" scheme that regulates and monitors antibiotic use, biosecurity and animal welfare measures.
2. No castration without anesthesia and analgesia
Within the Rovagnati AW supply chain, only surgical castration with local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication for general use is allowed, in accordance with European legislation. Chemical or chemical-based castration is prohibited.
3. Suitable environment
The Rovagnati AW supply chain sees a 30 percent increase in space over normal density criteria to provide the animals with more space at all stages of growth. The following specifies the characteristics that livestock environments must have in order to further improve living conditions:
• Environmental enrichment to accommodate animal behaviors through the provision of manipulative materials such as straw, wood, paper*;
• Maximum protection from the risk of injury and disease*;
• Free guaranteed access to drinking water and feed according to BWM (Body Weight Mass)* requirements;
• Facilities where optimal climatic conditions can be achieved, respecting the lowest critical temperature (LCT) and highest critical temperature (HCT) of pigs*;
• Availability of solid flooring, including in animal resting areas, and gridded flooring in some structures, depending on the cleaning technology in use in the barn.
4. Controlled diet
The animals' diets are specific to each growth stage and are balanced and calculated by an experienced animal nutritionist. In this way, feed rations are designed and developed according to different weight categories and life stages. This ensures the animal a feed ration appropriate to its nutritional needs (protein, energy, mineral and essential nutrients...) at all times of the day.
On Rovagnati farms, we follow a highly balanced diet that includes:
• Reducing protein content and increasing amino acid use so as to ensure the pigs’ protein needs are still met while decreasing ammonia production in the environment;
• Reduction of grain consumption through the recovery of highly controlled food (for the same nutritional intake) from the human food chain, following the principles of anti-waste and the circular economy;
• Identification of products that will completely and adequately replace soybeans in animal feed;
• Inclusion of valuable foods such as milk whey.
5. Health checkups
On Rovagnati farms, several times a day, trained experts check the health status of the animals and/or any problems that may have arisen.
This verification is mainly based on visual inspection of the animals’ condition and behaviour. Should substandard conditions be detected, specific protocols are enacted. For example, administering medication during feeding so as not to create distress.
These animals are identified and reported so that they do not receive further treatment.
The care of our animals is entrusted to in-house veterinarians with the aim of making the processes as integrated and robust as possible, and to carry out maximum controls on the modulated administration of medications and the protection of the animals’ welfare.
6. Freedom of movement before farrowing
Sows are granted freedom of movement up to 7 days before farrowing, in accordance with European legislation.
7. No tooth filing
Tooth filing is not practiced on any of our pigs, in accordance with European legislation.
8. No to ear and tail docking
Cutting of the ears and/or tails of the animals is also banned in accordance with European legislation.
* The following conditions also apply within the 3I proprietary supply chain.