In conjunction with our milk producers, we place great value on the excellent quality and safety of milk as a basic component of our diet. This starts with the selection of feed and continues with the health of the cows and the use of medication.
From Vision to Reality
In 2010, we introduced the Zott “Sustainable feed” programme. Many of our milk producers have already committed to refrain from using genetically modified feed for their animals. A large part of the total amount of milk in the Zott Group comes from the “Sustainable feed” programme.
The farmers inform Zott which feed they want to use or buy. We then contact the manufacturers concerned and check the conformity of these feeds with the “Sustainable feed at Zott” programme. The feeds thus recorded are included in a so-called ‘orientation list’, which is always available to farmers, via the internet, in its most up-to-date form. The farmers have made a commitment to use only the feed set-out in this ‘orientation list’. At the same time, they are guaranteed that not only is the feed safe, but that the manufacturer is being monitored accordingly. In return, Zott knows which feeds are used.
The Sample is put to the Test
In addition, we receive samples of all the feed purchased by the farmers. These samples are then randomly analysed by our own control system, and in collaboration with an external laboratory – this creates maximum security and transparency for all concerned.