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 are subject to change before being included in the established BLL criteria. In anticipation thereof, certification may still be carried out on the basis of these draft decisions and interpretations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transport of cattle
Cattle that are transported longer than a distance of 850 kilometers from the birth address to the fattening address must, according to the Better life label, stay at a reception location for at least 21 days. After this stay they may be transported further. In most cases, this requirement relates to animals coming from France. However, it has become apparent that French legislation and animal registration does not allow for sufficient transport from the holding of birth to the holding of reception. In practice, this means that there is insufficient visibility as to where the animals stay for the duration of 3 days. As a result, the Better life label has decided to delete the possibility of the reception location (criterion T03: Temporary reception of meat animals) from the criteria Bovine animals. Because transport from the birth address to the fattening address is sufficiently guaranteed, this criterion (T02) will be retained. In this way the Better life label is working to continuously improve the quality of the label.