A Conventional, or Indoor piggery
A Conventional, or Indoor piggery is the default definition for APIQ_® certification that applies to all piggeries that do not meet specific requirements to be defined as Free Range or Outdoor Bred – Raised Indoors on Straw.
- Have all stages of production (weaners, growers and breeding stock) fully or partially housed.
- Meet the APIQ_® Environmental Standards for Outdoor Pigs where pigs are kept outdoors in areas that are not within the piggeries controlled effluent system.
- May meet the definition of a feedlot piggery under the APL National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries.
- Do not meet the APL Definition of ‘Free Range’ and the APIQ_® Standards and Performance Indicators for APIQ_® Free Range or APIQ_® ‘Outdoor Bred, Raised indoors on Straw’. or the APL Definition of ‘Outdoor Bred Raised Indoors on Straw’ and the APIQ_® Standards and Performance Indicators for OB production.
If You Have Pigs Outdoors:
A producer with pigs outdoors and seeking APIQ_® Certification can elect to be either APIQ_® , APIQ_® Free Range or APIQ_® ‘Outdoor Bred, Raised indoors on Straw’.
APIQ_® Free Range or APIQ_® ‘Outdoor Bred, Raised indoors on Straw’ Certifications are not mandatory for producers who have pigs outdoors. However, APIQ_® Certified piggeries with pigs farmed outdoors must meet the same environmental management requirements.
Acquiring APIQ_® Certification
All piggeries seeking or maintaining APIQ_® Certification must have a successful annual compliance audit.
APIQ_® Certified producers are required to meet:
- The general APIQ_® Certification requirements (Definitions, Standards and Performance Indicators)
- all the processes to achieve Certification as listed in the Reference Manual.
You can access the reference manual on the APIQ_® Manuals and guidelines page