The Plantagenet farms are located within 50km of the Plantagenet region and part of a diversified mix of farm operations.
All sows and piglets free range in social family groups. The pigs have the opportunity to express normal behaviors such as nest building, and introducing their litters to their sisters and peers. When the weather is inclement the pigs find shelter in their straw bedded huts and when it is hot the pigs seek protection from the sun in their own mud wallows (sunscreen for free range pigs). In addition to being very contented animals who will never see a farrowing crate, some also enjoy panoramic views of the Stirling Ranges.
When the piglets are ready to become self sufficient, they move to eco shelters and a free range paddock where they are put into social groups of the same age. The free range paddock is open-air and bare dirt and provides a natural outdoor environment where the pigs are free to express natural behaviors.
The free range production system is based on similar free range pork models operating around the world and is managed by a team of experienced production specialists. The farms are routinely visited by veterinarians who monitor the health and welfare of the pigs.
Plantagenet Pork has a comprehensive HACCP-based quality system in place which covers animal welfare, food safety, eating quality and farm biosecurity to protect the high health standard of the pigs. The quality system is also independently audited and verified under the SQF 1000 program, so customers can remain confident in the integrity of the Plantagenet production philosophy.
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