The regulations on animal welfare in Switzerland are among the strictest in the world. The Swiss Federal Act of Animal Protection establishes the well-being of farm animals through regulations for proper keeping arrangements, feeding, care and housing among many other factors.
Farmers and those in animal care must receive at least 12 months of practical training in a recognized training establishment on the keeping and proper care of the animals they farm.
Most dairy farms in Switzerland, including Loulouka farms, do even more than the Animal Welfare Act requires. The country has various voluntary animal welfare programs and labels in which many farms enthusiastically follow.
One example of a voluntary program that 90% of dairy farms take part in is the ROEL program. This program ensures regular outdoor exercise for livestock. Animals spend at least 26 days per month in the open air between May and October and at least 13 days between November and April.
Furthermore, over 95% of Swiss dairy farms comply with the proof of ecological performance (PER) requirement, which is the Swiss agricultural standard for environmentally-friendly production with regulations concerning animal husbandry, fertilizer use, ecological compensation areas, soil protection and regular crop rotation.