All our progeny pigs and gestating sows are housed in groups which gives each animal space and social involvement, allowing for interaction with others and freedom to move with high levels of access to food and clean water.
We utilise natural light and controlled ventilation in our sheds and make sure our pigs are protected from the elements all year. Animal welfare and optimum growing conditions are our highest priority.
Animal welfare and sustainable farming practices have always been our highest priority
As one of the first pig producers in the country to eliminate gestation stalls, we understand that ethically reared produce is critical to success.
Our processing sites are certified under the Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare System (AAWCS).
The AAWCS is an independently audited program which certifies that we meet industry best practice animal welfare standards.
The committee behind AAWCS includes representatives from the government, the scientific community, animal welfare organisations, RSPCA and Animals Australia, a well as technical experts and industry representatives.
We all have an obligation to ensure antibiotics are used only when necessary and sparingly.
Our aim is to minimise the risk of bacterial resistance to key antibiotics used in human and animal health. At SunPork, our focus on antibiotic use has resulted in a 78% reduction in use across our farms over the past four years. We have also managed to eliminate use of any medication deemed critical for human health.
Moving forward, our veterinary team and farms will continue to develop vaccine strategies in place of antibiotics, and will investigate alternative therapies that ensure antibiotics are only used for specific, defined treatment when absolutely necessary.
Our focus in this area means we have the ability to identify every dose of antibiotic used in our pigs. We are one of very few producers in Australian livestock farming that can do this.