APIQ_® Free Range
Free Range means that pigs are kept permanently outdoors for their entire life with shelter from the elements provided, furnished with bedding.
Free Range 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 APIQ_® Free Range 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.
Note: Shelters or sheds with verandas or small pens attached – are NOT considered Free Range as they do not comply with the APIQ_®Free Range Standards. A producer with this setup does not qualify for Free Range or Conditional Free Range Certification. Under the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries they would be considered as a ‘Feedlot Outdoor Piggery’.
Acquiring APIQ_® Free Range Certification
If you would like to find out more about APIQ_® Free Range Certification, or how to meet the APIQ_® Free Range Standards please contact APIQM on 1800 789 099 or via email email@example.com.
If it is your initial APIQ_® Audit, please notify APIQM that you are seeking APIQ_® Free Range Certification. For existing APIQ_® Free Range Producers, your auditor will audit you for Free Range Certification.
All piggeries seeking or maintaining APIQ_® Free Range Certification must have a successful annual compliance audit.
APIQ_® Free Range producers are required to meet:
• The general APIQ_® Certification requirements;
• The APIQ_® Definitions, Standards and Performance Indicators for Free Range production; and
• Follow the same processes to achieve Certification as for all producers, as listed in the APIQ_® Reference Manual.
Use of the APL Certified Free Range Logo is available for producers certified as APIQ_® Free Range.
To request an application for use of the APL Certified Free Range Logo email PorkMark@australianpork.com.au.