Animal Health ETT (poultry)


Animal Health ETT (poultry) manually collects data about antimicrobial usage on Finnish poultry farms. The voluntary system, operational since 2007 and laying hens since 2018, includes broilers and turkeys covering >99% of the poultry meat production in Finland as well as laying hen units producing eggs for egg packaging companies.

Data collection

Animal (sub)categoriesData are collected for broilers and broiler parents, and turkeys and turkey parents. Data on broiler grandparents has been collected until 2016. For laying hens and their parents/grandparents data has been collected since 2018.

In Finland nearly all poultry farms have a production contract with a slaughterhouse company, which delivers the chicks to the farm and takes the poultry back to slaughter. These companies and their vets are responsible for reporting the antimicrobial treatment data to Animal Health ETT. The data is collected per flock on a yearly basis, in Excel tables. For laying hens and their parents/ grandparents the veterinarians are asked to report the medications direct to ETT (Web survey).
Recorded data include the treated number of flocks, the indication for use, which antibiotics are used and the amount that has been used (since 2008, kg of active ingredient). Since 2013 also the treated kg poultry, the used dosage (mg/kg) and the days of treatment are recorded. 

Analysis, benchmarking and reporting

Results are analysed as the indication-based yearly number of treated flocks per total number of flocks. Farms are currently not being benchmarked.

The results are reported on the website of Animal Health ETT (in Finnish, Swedish and English), as well as to the Finnish Food Authority and the Finnish Medicines Agency.