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 (where state regulations and seasonal climates permit) and kennels/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 (3rd edition, 2007) to show compliance with state animal welfare regulations and use good land management practices as per the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries (2nd Edition Revised, 2010) (NEGP).
Note: Shelters or sheds with verandas or small pens attached – are NOT considered FR as they do not comply with the APIQ® FR Standards. A producer with this setup does not qualify for FR or Conditional FR Certification. Under the NEGP they would be considered as a ‘Feedlot Outdoor Piggery’.
APIQ® Standards Manual (Refer to Module 1.2)
APIQ® Free Range letter to pork producers
Important changes to the APIQ® Small Holder Definition and to Australian Pork Limited’s (APL) Piggery Classification system
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