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Certification to QM++ has been available for dairy farms since July 2022. Its aim is to make milk production on farms more animal friendly and sustainable, with a particular focus on further enhancing animal
welfare. In Germany, the label for husbandry conditions (Haltungsform) on these products categorises them as being level 3. Which additional requirements have to be met for QM++ certification compared to
the existing additional module QM+? We have listed the key criteria below.
In contrast to QM+, QM++ forbids tying stalls all together. Further, the focus of the module is on greater access to outdoor husbandry conditions. These requirements can be met, for example, through the use of exercise yards (> 3 m2 for each animal) that can be used all year round, pasture land (> 120 days, 6 hours / day) or
open-front barns (at least 25 % of the outer barn walls must be open, wind protection is acceptable).
The animals must have a place to lie down at all times – this is now a decisive criterion. Lying areas must be clean and dry as well as soft or elastically deformable, e.g. by means of a suitable rubber mat.
Only GMO-free feed is allowed on QM++ farms. Moreover, appropriate measures must be applied to determine
the gestation status. Proof of professional, functional claw care (at least once a year) must be provided.
Documentation of animal health data is recommended.
Farms face numerous challenges when leading their animals out to pasture. Simple and fast help is provided by the LOMAX rubber mats with holes: Installed in dry conditions, they ensure soil stabilization and less mud-holes. If farms are unable to put their animals out to pasture, an exercise yard is the next best option. Exercise yards only fulfil their true purpose if the flooring conditions are designed appropriately for cows. The profiKURA P rubber mats provide animals with a pleasant and slip-resistant ground to walk on, thereby boosting overall popularity of the exercise yard. For outdoor areas with direct sunlight, profiKURA P SUN is best suited, with fine expansion slits in the mat that compensate for thermal expansion in strong sunlight.
Explanation: The QM Milch standards define requirements for quality-oriented and animal-friendly milk production that are uniform throughout Germany and go beyond the legal requirements. 90 % of German dairy farmers currently participate in the QMilch program.
Source: Handbuch QM-Milch, Zusatzmodul QM++; version 2022; December 2022, https://qm-milch.de/qm-plus-plus/