Supplementary decisions and interpretations

Following the conclusive formal adoption of these criteria, the supplementary decisions and interpretations below have been drafted in conjunction with the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals. These decisions/interpretations have not yet been formally adopted and, in the event of exceptional circumstances, are subject to change before being included in the established BLL criteria. In anticipation thereof, certification will be carried out on the basis of these supplementary decisions and interpretations.

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Declaration veterinary practitioner

Under the Better Life label for cattle, castration and disbudding is only permitted on the directions of the veterinarian and only when the animal is sedated and an analgesic is administered after the procedure.

An example of a declaration, which can be completed by the farm’s own vet, is shown below.

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GMP+ equivalent animal feed systems

The Better Life label criteria for livestock farms include the provision that feed must demonstrably originate from a GMP+ certified feed supplier or a supplier with an equivalent quality assurance system. The Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals accepts various quality assurance systems as an alternative to GMP+ certified animal feed.

The ‘Equivalent systems’ page lists quality assurance systems accepted by the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals as an alternative to GMP+ certification within the Better Life label scheme.

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Example Emergency Plan

The criteria for BLL cattle stipulate an Emergency Plan. An example of an emergency plan, which you can use, is shown below.

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English version one-to-one agreement veterinarian

The criteria for BLk Cattle call for a one-to-one agreement between the cattle farmer and a specialized certified bonded cattle veterinarian. Foreign participants who cannot use a veterinarian from the Guaranteed Cattle Veterinarian Scheme should enter into the agreement below with a permanent specialized cattle veterinarian.

One-on-one agreement

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