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Cattle Market

Bodzentyn is predominantly a cattle market for regional trading. Farmers buy and sell cattle to each other. However, cows, bulls and calves are also sold to regional slaughterhouses.

Our team is at the market regularly to help sick and injured animals, as well as to ensure that unfit animals are not being transported.

Until 2015, the conditions at the market were repeatedly bad. This was mostly due to on-site veterinarians who did not fulfil their obligation to properly look after the animals. Our longstanding and persistent work eventually led to the replacement of the responsible market-veterinarian. Since 2015, the number of official veterinary inspections increased. Since then, our market protocols which document animal welfare infringements, are also used by market inspectors and police authorities to take action against the responsible animal owners. A key factor in this development is that the council in Bodzentyn is cooperative and willing to solve problems on the market together with us. discuss the occurring problems.

Finally, animals unfit for transport are emergency killed, instead of being loaded, transported and unloaded again at the slaughterhouse where they are eventually released form their suffering like in earlier times. This proceeding also has a signalling effect on other animal dealers. Since then, less animals who are sick, weak or injured are being brought to the market.

The quality of the transport vehicles has also improved. However, there is much more to be done, and the positive developments would quickly take a negative turn as soon as our team would release the pressure.

Our brochure in Polish for bovine livestock farmers is free to download and offers information about appropriate animal keeping, feeding and the treatment of diseases.

Recent investigations:

31. January 2020

Poland | Bodzentyn | Monthly Report January: Cattle & Horse Markets

Bodzentyn. Due to the subsidies, most of the animals at the market are calves.

This month, we do not observe any injured or neglected animals whilst inspecting the cattle market in Bodzentyn. The veterinary inspection is controlling every market, sometimes also with the assistance of local police. The average number of cattle present at the market amounts to about 150 animals. The majority are calves. The government will…

30. December 2019

Poland | Bodzentyn, Lagow | Monthly Report December: Cattle & Horse Markets

Cattle market. Since there are not so many animals being sold, the market gets empty quite early.

This month, we assume that there will be much more animals at the cattle market because Christmas is upcoming. Nevertheless, we do not see more animals than usual. We do not observe any injured or neglected animals, either. The veterinary inspector is controlling the trucks. Later, we are informed they are going to inspect every market until…