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Quality products from pure and safe commodities

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About us

Clear air, clean water, and pure nature. Healthy animals that are well cared for. No wonder then that the quality of our raw materials, that form the basis for our refined products, is so high.

Production adapted to natural conditions

Only 3% of Norway's land is arable. Two thirds of this arable land are best suited for grass production, while a third is used to produce grain for food and feed. However, large feed resources are also available in the outfields as uncultivated semi-natural vegetation in the forests and mountains. During the summer months, about 2.4 million animals, of which 2.1 million sheep (85% of the total sheep population) are released in these outfields, mostly in the alpine zone. In total, for all livestock production in Norway, the share of feed that comes from local production, from grass and grains, is approximately 80%, with sheep having the highest share of locally produced feed.

Small-scale family farms

In Norway, there are more than 40,000 farms, scattered across the country. Most of them are privately owned family farms. In an international perspective, the average Norwegian farm is small, with less than 250 acres, and a small number of animals. As an example, the average herd size of dairy cows is less than 30.

Unique health situation

Norway has several natural advantages making it easier to produce safe food. We have a cold climate and the farms are scattered and small compared to most other countries. This contributes to lower disease pressure, and it makes it easier to maintain a good overview of the health status of all the animals.


In Norway, the industry has together with research institutions and authorities, worked systematically with preventive animal health care for many years. Veterinary visits, animal weight, illness, medicine use and other important factors are registered and analyzed in detail. This information is open to everyone and used for continuous improvement.


Norway has strict regulations for infection prevention and disease control. Infectious diseases are treated or kept outside the country. There is a low occurrence of bacterial zoonoses like salmonella. In Norway, it is possible to eat raw eggs – it is one of the few countries where this is safe.

Low use of antibiotics

Animals in Norway are among the healthiest in the world. Only very limited amounts of antibiotics are used – only when animals need it because of an illness, and never preventive. Norway's antibiotic use is one of the lowest in the world. This low use is the result of focused collaboration between the authorities, veterinarians, and farmers over many years. By working hard to prevent illnesses, there is less need for treatment and use of medication. This means antibiotic use is low, and the risk for antibiotic resistance is reduced.

Focus on animal welfare

Animal well-being is an important part of the responsibility for the care of animals. Norway has a tradition of looking after animal well-being. Rules and regulations regarding animal welfare are very strict. Small farms and small flocks and herds provide the possibility for good monitoring of animal health. Health is also given high priority within breeding. Use of growth hormones are banned in Norway. Mortality in all production settings is low in an international perspective.

A collaborative and transparent industry

Norwegian agriculture is well organized, has good implementation capability, and is characterized by collaboration between industry, the authorities and research – this is "the Norwegian model". The education and competence level of producers is high. There are good steering systems and documentation in place that help the entire sector to monitor the status within the sector and continuously work towards further improvement.

About Norilia

Norilia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortura. Our purpose is to take care of and utilize co-streams, or plus-products as we call it, from the meat and egg industry to contribute to a profitable and sustainable agriculture. Our work is based on more than 60 years of experience, and today we export to the entire world.

Refining nature's finest products

Out of respect for the animals and the environment, we believe in using every part of the animal to create sustainable products the world wants and needs. We are always looking for ways to add value through innovation and collaboration and finding the best solution for your business. Everything we do starts and ends with quality.

About Norilia

Norilia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortura. Our purpose is to take care of and utilize co-streams, or plus-products as we call it, from the meat and egg industry to contribute to a profitable and sustainable agriculture. Our work is based on more than 60 years of experience, and today we export to the entire world.

Refining nature's finest products

Out of respect for the animals and the environment, we believe in using every part of the animal to create sustainable products the world wants and needs. We are always looking for ways to add value through innovation and collaboration and finding the best solution for your business. Everything we do starts and ends with quality.

Contact

Contacts

Anne-Lise Gundersen

Senior Consultant
anne-lise.gundersen@norilia.no