Astarta is committed to the humane treatment of animals and prioritizes improvement in animal health and welfare. The company’s livestock management team continuously seeks feedback from experts on animal health and welfare to align to science-based practices. Advice from specialist business partners is available for each employee to enhance their knowledge and improve professional skills. Online training for farm staff is provided in veterinary care and treatment, feeding, calf care, planning and accounting in animal husbandry, etc.
Astarta ensures good living conditions for animals in the cowshed and during outdoor grazing. In the cowshed, cows have thick mattresses, sufficient room to move and walk around, massage brushes, constant access to clean drinking water, and balanced and timely feed.
Improvements in animal welfare are also promoted by developing standardized procedures, instructions and checklists for precise and coordinated actions for livestock care personnel. These include HACCP and animal welfare information posters at all dairy farms, description and visualization of milking technology and instructions for selecting heifers.
Astarta’s dairy farm participated in a pilot digitization project implementing the Raw Milk Control Programme based on the specialist Milk Module software. The programme’s objective is to increase value added in domestic trade from the dairy sector for the common goal of sustainable growth in Ukraine. The State Food and Consumer Service realized the project within the framework of the Quality FOOD Trade Programme, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), under the leadership of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland together with SAFOSO, a Swiss consultancy advocating safe food from healthy animals.