Finland proposes EU broiler stocking density level
Finland, in its role as current President of
the European Union, has weighed in on the EU debate about broiler stocking
densities in poultry farms, proposing a level of 38kg per square metre.
The Finnish proposal of 38kg per square metre could be based on a total
farm average (with a maximum of 40kg/sqm permitted) or member states could opt
for an absolute maximum of 38kg per square metre. Further research in the future
could also warrant an adjustment in these figures, government sources
aims to implement the new rule in 2008, but will wait
until 2012 to set the new maximum density levels.
According to rumours in Brussels, the Germans intend to support the Finnish
proposal. But a spokesman for the Dutch Product Board for Poultry and
Eggs (PPE) said that a final decision on stocking density levels should be
delayed until the expected further research is conducted, if maximum density
levels are to be set in 2012.
There is no current legislated maximum level for broiler stocking density
in the EU, although the subject has been a matter of debate in Brussels for many
years. Current estimates suggest that stocking densities in the EU-25 (although
varying widely) average at 40kg of bird weight per square metre.
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