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Australian pig farmers leaders in animal welfare

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Oct 16, 2017

A voluntary initiative introduced by Australian pork producers to phase out the use of sow stalls on farm, has now been adopted and implemented by pig farmers who collectively account for almost 80 per cent of Australia’s sows, Andrew Spencer, CEO of Australian Pork Limited (APL) revealed at an Agribusiness Australia breakfast

With four out of every five Australian sows now loose housed-as well as a 91 per cent probability they will not be housed in sow stalls at any point in time between five days after mating and one week before farrowing-it marks a significant milestone for the producer-owned organisation in its pursuit to implement ever-more transparent and constantly improving industry practices.

Mr Spencer said the successful uptake of the voluntary initiative unique to Australia will now be followed by a review of Australia’s pig welfare standards and the mandatory phase out of all sow stalls on Australian pig farms.

“It has been extremely encouraging to see such a high level of compliance with our voluntary sow stall phase out initiative. Our producers have embraced the opportunity to shift their practices on farm forwards and adopt new and more transparent ways of working. We aimed to get the whole industry over the line on this one but being a voluntary initiative; I think the achievement is still one to be proud of.

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