Keeping of livestock

The proper housing and care of livestock is the foundation of good animal health. It is the basis for efficient agriculture and the production of safe food.


Livestock farming is the first link in the chain for the production of foodstuffs of animal origin. A key task of all keepers of livestock is to maintain the health of their animals and to prevent disease. To do this, they must check the animals often enough to be able to intervene promptly in critical situations. Sick animals must be treated, housed and cared for, or even killed (see Art. 5 para. 2 AniPO).

Animal-friendly housing should be used to prevent housing-related injury and disease and to promote animal welfare. The Animal Welfare Act (AniWA) therefore prescribes that mass-produced Housing systems and installations require an official licence.

General information on the keeping of livestock

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Last modification 17.04.2020

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