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A piggery site can be certified against one of the following APIQ certification types.
A conventional (indoor) piggery is the default definition for APIQ certification. This applies to all piggeries that do not meet specific requirements to be defined as Free Range or Outdoor Bred – Raised Indoors on Straw, such as Feedlot Outdoor Piggeries.
A Free Range piggery keeps pigs outdoor their entire life. They are provided with shelter from the elements with bedding available.
Free Range piggeries have:
Note: Shelters or sheds with verandas or small pens attached are NOT considered Free Range. These areas do not qualify for Free Range or Conditional Free Range Certification. The National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries classifies this as a ‘Feedlot Outdoor Piggery’.
An 'Outdoor Bred, Raised Indoors on Straw’ piggery means that breeding pigs live in open spaces. They have free access to paddocks for their entire adult life.
To classify, breeding pigs need access to:
At weaning, piglets move to bedded grow-out housing with adequate feed and water provided. They remain here until sale or slaughter.
Housing can be permanent or portable structures or outdoor pens with shelter. Shelters must have an impermeable base and/or be moved regularly to minimise nutrient leaching and runoff.
Pigs may be temporarily confined to pens for routine health treatments and husbandry practices, or when directed by a veterinarian.
Note: Shelters or sheds with verandas or small pens attached are NOT considered Outdoor Bred – Raised Indoors on Straw. These areas do not qualify for Outdoor Bred – Raised Indoors on Straw or Conditional Outdoor Bred – Raised Indoors on Straw Certification. The National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries classifies this as a ‘Feedlot Outdoor Piggery’.
APIQ Certified Producers can be verified against one or more of the following voluntary verification options.
A piggery can be Gestation Stall Free verified if:
There are APIQ Standards and Performance Indicators specific to supplying pigs/pork to Coles. These standards were agreed to after extensive consultation between APL, Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (Coles) and existing Coles suppliers.
A piggery can be CSC verified if:
Having customer specifications built into an industry’s QA program is a first for agriculture in Australia.
As at 1 December 2022, APIQ introduced a new voluntary verification option (APIQ Option C) for pig producers wanting to demonstrate compliance with the ‘Voluntary Enhanced Biosecurity Standards for African swine fever’. These were endorsed by the Animal Health Committee on 8 August 2022.
The Standards and Performance Indicators in this verification option are above and beyond what is required in core APIQ. The Standards and Performance Indicators are listed in the APIQ Standards Manual as Option C: VEBS-ASF.
A piggery can be VEBS-ASF verified if:
To start your certification application, familiarise yourself with the certification process. Then, contact the APIQ Management team on 1800 789 099 or email email@example.com.
More information can be found in the APIQ Standards Manual.