We take a farm partnership approach to unite the whole supply chain – from farmer and producer to customer – with the same vision and long-term commitment from all parties. This means that we ring fence farms and slaughterhouses so that animals are guaranteed for our use from the start of their life. This has now been developed and implemented across Spain, Italy, Belgium, and France. We are dedicated to improving animal welfare, and we stand committed – long-term – to the following:
Improving animal welfare
European Farm Partnership - UKAS accreditation
Underpinning animal welfare development has been our European Farm Partnership (EFP) scheme. This has been the driving force in delivering significant advances in farm animal welfare. Uniquely it brings together farmers and partners to share knowledge, learning and the latest industry technology and developments.
Having gained UK accreditation for our Pig Module in 2018, we now have the first pan-European UKAS accredited standard for welfare, comprising three tiers: bronze, silver and gold. Farms certified to the gold tier operate to the highest welfare standards in Europe.
Our Pig Module is unique in that it covers the entire element of the supply chain from breeding (freedom farrowing, space etc.) to rearing, finishing, transport and slaughter. The standard also takes into account health and welfare issues.
First-to-market own-label pig welfare scheme launched
Version 1 – Continental Pig Scheme across Europe
Launch of supply chain management system
Commence Spanish welfare schemes and launch Spanish welfare in the UK
Commence French welfare schemes
Engage with Compassion in World Farming
Awarded Good Sow Commendation – Italy
Win Good Pig Award – Italy Good Sow Commendation – Spain
Win Good Pig award – Italy & Spain
– Presented with CIWF Special Recognition Award
– EFP UKAS Pig Module accreditation
Win Good Sow Commendation – France
EFP UKAS Pig Module v2 available
Since 2012 we have been working alongside COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING (CIWF), an organisation passionate about ensuring farm animals lead better lives.
Our work with CIWF has introduced industry-leading animal welfare standards for our farmers’ pigs including:
- Considerably more space for each pig
- Larger breeding facilities for each sow
- Free farrowing
- No pigs are subjected to tail docking or teeth clipping
With these practices in place, we are delighted to report that our partners have won many awards.
Good Sow Commendation
2015 – Fumagalli, Italy
2016 – Madeo, Italy (Black pigs), Marcos, Spain (Iberico pigs)
Good Pig Award
The Good Pig Award recognises the work we carried out with Fumagalli for breeding sows and meat pigs. Throughout the partnership we have been able to address the major issues of confinement, mutilation and a lack of stimulating environment.
2016 – Fumagalli, Italy (Waitrose Italian Cured Meats)
2017 – Madeo, Italy and Marcos, Spain
Animal health and welfare day
This now annual event, sees industry experts and renowned academics discussing a range of topical subjects. The day also provides a great opportunity to showcase a range of collaborative opportunities between industry and academia, with a cross-species agenda.
The attendance list spans UK retailers: agricultural and technical teams, Winterbotham Darby production partners, individuals from leading animal welfare charities, and industry specialists.
Animal welfare day 2021 – our next event will be held virtually on Friday 26th March. The webinar is entitled ‘what does the future of sustainable pig farming look like?‘ To register click here