Whether in the area of animal experimentation or breeding animals intended for the production of meat products, the sensitivity of our fellow citizens to the way in which our animals are treated is continually increasing. This has already been reflected in the States of the European Union legislation through laws governing the conditions in which animals are housed and looked after (Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes), and where such laws do not exist, the EU invites its members to establish recommendations for each species based on increasingly considerate farming and slaughtering practices.
We are proactive in these areas, and have for a long time ensured that the breeding animals we select and sell have been farmed in decent conditions, under the responsibility of our staff, who are trained and well-informed with regard to animal welfare issues.
Our biopharmaceutical activities are closely monitored by state representatives and are subject to approvals valid for five years, with regular inspections.
Finally, it is important for us to anticipate developments in the field of animal welfare in order to envisage the rabbit breeding procedures which may apply in the near future and adapt ourselves to them, as well as being able to put forward our own proposals to ensure that the economic model and working conditions of our staff and breeder customers (ergonomics/arduousness) are taken into account in the long-term.
Like animal welfare, the reduction in the use of antibiotics in animal farming stems from a relatively recent awareness among stakeholders in society.
The French rabbit sector has reacted very quickly to this issue, committing itself to a voluntary "demedication" approach intended to very significantly reduce the use of medicinal substances and introduce monitoring indicators. These efforts have been highlighted by the public authorities.
For its part, Groupe Grimaud, to which HYPHARM belongs, has developed the Natural Concept system, which favours a natural and well-managed approach to animal health.
In particular, HYPHARM has chosen to work on the following aspects of the concept:
- Selection of robust animals thanks to the integration of health criteria alongside the traditional performance criteria.
- Development of good practice guides for rabbit breeding in connection with biosecurity, animal comfort (ventilation, heating), nutrition and prophylaxis.
- Working with SPF animals in the area of microbial flora and antibiotic resistance.
In this way, HYPHARM intends to help secure improvements through the attainment of increasingly healthy and effective products.
The ambition is to produce more using sustainable methods, to reconcile growing needs with new practices which are more respectful of the living environment.
5 keys of the Natural Concept
Favour robustness and feed efficiency traits in our breeding programs
Better prevent disease risks through bacterial ecology management in breeding environment
Stimulate the immune system of the animals: - natural by competition - acquired by vaccination
Because they are very valuable, use the chemical "super-molecule" only in case of proven pathology or as prevention in case of major stress
To give back to the earth the necessary nutirents by the composting of the organic by-products