Farming Styles

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A few different farming styles are covered under the Blue Tick Scheme. Find out more about each of these farming styles and what they mean for the animals concerned.

Blue Tick Eggs

Hens on Blue Tick accredited farms are not kept in cages.

Free range eggs come from hens that are are free during the day to range outdoors where they have plenty of room to forage, dust-bathe, stretch and flap their wings, and perform their natural behaviours. They have an indoor area in which to shelter, feed and roost at night, and nesting boxes in which to lay their eggs in privacy. They are kept in small flocks.

Barn raised eggs  come from hens that are housed in large barns where they are free to roam and express their instinctive behaviour. They are able to perch to avoid danger, dust-bathe to clean their feathers, nest to lay eggs and socialise with other hens. Feed and water stations are placed throughout the shed.

Blue Tick Pork

Sows on Blue Tick accredited farms are not subjected to farrowing crates or sow stalls.

Sows live in open fields at all times and give birth naturally in their own straw chalets. The piglets live in open fields with their mothers until weaning. Once weaned, piglets must then be raised in either approved deep straw shelters (sometimes called eco shelters) or in approved open field environments. Indoor concrete fattening pens are totally prohibited.

Some key standards around Blue Tick accredited pork are:

  • The use of growth hormones is not permitted.
  • Productivity enhancement chemicals in the feed are not permitted
  • Waste product feeding is not permitted
  • Surgical castration is not permitted
  • Antibiotic use is very strictly controlled
  • Only SPCA audited abbatoirs are permitted
  • Transportation and travel distance to abbatoir are strictly controlled

Questions? Please contact us.




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