Mirrabooka Pork recognises the need to provide the people who buy its pork with the knowledge that it is running its operation in accordance with the principles that defines Free Range. We are proud to say that we have obtained both PROOF and APIQ Free Range certification.
APIQ FREE RANGE
APIQ is the premier quality assurance (QA) program for pig producers in Australia.
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 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 to show compliance with state animal welfare regulations and use good land management practices as per the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries.