Free range pork production consists of outdoor paddocks, which include rooting 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.
For further information about Free Range farming go to http://australianpork.com.au/industry-focus/types-of-farming/ or for further information about APIQ Free Range Certification go to www.apiq.com.au
Free range, organic pig farmers Miriam and Jack are dedicated and enthusiastic about the way they farm and look after their animals. Around 5 per cent of pigs grown in Australia are raised on free range farms. Free range systems require specific environmental and climatic requirements thus limiting where they can be located. However, those areas that are suitable for free range production produce a top quality, niche market product that mainly caters for the high end retail and restaurant trades.