Free Range Standards
We are super proud of our free range certification, we've even included additional comments from our last audit here:
For more detailed information about what certification requires, read on:
Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program (APIQ)
APIQ FREE RANGE
Based on the Australian Pork Limited (APL) Free Range (FR) Definition, which is:
Free Range (FR) means that pigs are kept permanently outdoors for their entire life with shelter from the elements provided, furnished with bedding.
FR pork production consists of outdoor paddocks, which include rooting and/or foraging areas, wallows and huts for shelter. The huts allow the animals to seek shelter from environmental extremes. They also provide additional protection for the piglets when very young.
The weaners, growers, and sows from which they have been bred have access to paddocks at all times for their entire life. Shelter, food and water must be provided and all pigs must be able to move freely in and out of the shelter and move freely around the paddocks, unless required to be confined for short amounts of time for routine husbandry or diagnostic procedures to be conducted.
All pigs raised under FR conditions must comply with the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals – Pigs to show compliance with state animal welfare regulations and use good land management practices as per the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries.
APIQ® Standards have seven key areas of focus:
Helping producers manage their piggery in a systematic manner.
Helping to produce food that is safe.
Helping producers maintain high standards of animal care.
Helping the producer manage the health risks to their pigs; other pigs they may have contact with when they leave the farm; and people who may be in contact with them.
Compliance with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) and PigPass National Vendor Declaration (PPNVD) requirements.
Helping producers maintain a high standard of environmental management.
To help ensure pigs transported off farm arrive in good condition and transport risks are managed.
Audits are conducted annually to ensure producers comply with the high standards APIQ expect of pig farmers carrying their certification.