Knowing what's going on, Bundestag member Dr. Kirsten Tackmann (left) on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the Gühlen-Glienicke Kartzfehn Märkische Puten GmbH. The Tackmann veterinarian is regularly informed at major agricultural companies in the region about problems that he or she could solve.
In addition to the Puten-GmbH Hall, representatives of several producer associations participated in the round. Puten-GmbH, Head of Marketing and Export, Thorsten Mahlstedt, complained that it was difficult to find suitable applicants for training veterinarians in the poultry industry. Mahlstedt: "Business is not necessarily attractive from the outside." This is a very diverse education, in which the research department will also pass. Good interns could bring it to the farm manager in a few years and sometimes represent the company at trade shows in the US. Three trainees are currently employed per apprenticeship year, but according to Mahlstedt, there could be many more. Tackmann sees the cause of low interest in the fact that theoretical training is taking place in Halle / Saale in exchange for practice. He now wants to think about how he can contribute to creating a training venue in Brandenburg.
Higher prices for consumers
Problems make the poultry industry the fact that Poland has flooded the German market with cheap meat, said Thomas Storck, the first president of the Association of German Turkey Producers. For meat produced under the criteria of the Animal Welfare Initiative, there will no longer be state aid from 2020, leading to higher final prices. But most people would mostly ask for a price, so buy cheap. Against Polish competition, German goods then have hardly any chance.
It is also problematic, according to experts, that in Germany there is a smaller and larger retail chain that wants to buy meat as cheaply as possible. Tackmann sees solutions in national quality standards that all manufacturers, including those abroad, would then have to abide by. As for the growing supermarket companies, they spoke of "the huge market power against which politics must do something." There are currently "several oligopolies in which a handful of people determine everything," the politician said.
A lot of money invested
As for the health of turkeys, Tackmann also wanted to know. Dr. Hartmut Meyer, a researcher in the management area of Puten-GmbH, said: "We have invested a lot of money over the past few years, and although animals are actually bigger and heavier, they have never been healthier than they are today."
Tackmann is in favor of giving up poultry farming antibiotics altogether. It won't work without medication, Storck said. At least on the use of reserve antibiotics, which are used in humans when mutual funds fail, but they need to be completely phased out, Tackmann wished. All in all, Tackmann says, it makes sense to "agree on a general minimum obligation." A later goal might just be a complete renunciation.
Kirsten Tackmann also inquired about employee salaries. They have been the same throughout Germany for almost two years. The applicable hourly rate is well above the minimum wage. Mahlstedt, depending on the length of service, increases the rate of increase. Many employees also appreciated regular working hours and a good working atmosphere in their work.