Danish Crown was founded by farmers and is, to this day, owned by around 7,000 Danish farmers. The farmers are the beating heart of our company, and it is they who raise the pigs, cows and cattle that our livelihood depends on. For decades, they have worked to reduce climate impact upon the farm. It is an important area of focus in the supply chain for Danish Crown, as more than 90 percent of the climate impact stems from farms.
Our farmers have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. Step by step, we are working together towards a more sustainable future.
The goal is to reduce our climate footprint by 50 percent before 2030 and produce climate neutral meat by 2050.
The first step towards reaching these goals is by getting all of our farmers to join our sustainability programme, called the Climate Track. In the programme, every farmer is obliged to take on sustainable initiatives at the farm within areas of, for example, CO2-reduction, animal feed optimisation, manure management, animal welfare and the use of antibiotics and social responsibility. In addition, the progress of this is controlled at every farm by an independent agency.
We are all in this together
Danish Crown cooperates closely with farmers and offers inspiration on sustainable solutions, as we ensure that knowledge and experience is shared amongst farmers.
Many farmers have chosen to follow the Climate Track: Anders Peter in Vendsyssel uses discarded deep litter from his specific pig’s barns for biogas and reduces his climate footprint by implementing new methods of feeding his animals. Another example is John Schütte in Østsalling who has installed an energy saving ventilator in the stable and substituted an oil-burner with a straw boiler.
Farming on the front-line
Being on the front-line of sustainable meat production comes with obligations. Our farmers know this better than anyone, which is why they work every day towards delivering on these high standards. In our pig farming, we set high requirements in our animal welfare, including the highest standards of vetinary practices and a strictly controlled use of medicine.
In relation to the climate impact, key factors include the quantity of feed used per kilogram of meat and utilising as much of the pig af possible. Also, our farmers are increasing their use of environmental technologies – and with all this, Danish farmers have together with our abattoirs successfully improved efficiency, so that the amount of feed needed to produce 1 kg of pork has fallen significantly over the last several years.
Today, 90 percent of all our Danish pigs come from family farms that follow the Climate Track. We are on our way to reaching 100 percent in 2021. A pig that has followed the Climate Track is bred on Danish farms. Since 2005, these farms have together with our abattoirs reduced the climate footprint per kilo pork by 25 percent. This brings us half way towards our goal of reducing our CO2-emissions by 50 percent in 2030.