Becoming Humane Choice Accredited Download Brochure
This is a wonderful initiative that will give you the marketing edge you need, and deserve, to sell your humanely farmed livestock.
With the lack of a national standard identifying just what free range is, it has been left to industry to develop their own codes that will offer consumers the assurance they are looking for. Having your products endorsed with the Humane Choice certification will leave no doubt that your livestock are truly free range and farmed humanely, giving people confidence in the meat they purchase.
Humane Choice enables you to set yourself apart from 'feedlot free range' systems that allow huge stocking densities.
Please read the Standards and the Rules carefully to ensure that you comply and agree with the Humane Choice philosophy. The Standards are available from the menu bar of this website. You will also be required to sign a Licensing Agreement once your application has been accepted and a favourable audit report is received.
All facilities relating to the production of your livestock to be accredited. Stock will be checked for condition, feed, fencing, watering points and paddocks will be examined and farm records will be inspected for compliance with the Humane Choice Standards.
Each year you will be required to update your Food Safety Assessment (pigs only) and undergo a desk audit of associated records and scheduled farm audits as per your Humane Choice agreement.
Pig producers will also receive a complimentary training course that covers an introduction to free range pig farming and how to comply with industry animal welfare requirements. Course is presented by Lee McCosker.
Complete the application form below to get started.
Fees* cover the cost of inspections and / or desk audit per year as required by your Humane Choice Agreement. Follow up inspections in the same year will only be conducted if a problem is identified which requires further site investigation and shall be paid for by the applicant. Unannounced inspections will not be charged a fee.
Certified farms will enjoy the benefits of all promotions or advertising that Humane Choice employs. You will also be promoted on this website and sales inquiries will be passed on to all members. You will also be licensed to use the Humane Choice Logo on package, promotional material, websites, email, letterheads and the like.
The fee for small producers is $880.00 and includes 12 months membership, your farm audit and issue of your certificate. Please not that extra travel costs may apply for remote areas.
To qualify as a small producer you need to meet the following maximum numbers of farm animals. You may have a combination of animals if they are all in the one location:
1000 Breeding Ewes
500 Breeding Cattle
25,000 Layer Hens
25,000 Meat Birds
*Fees for larger operations will be negotiated upon application and based on the time needed to perform the necessary audits. Humane Choice does not charge a percentage on sales.
For producer inquiries contact:
Farm Compliance Manager
Phone 02 65627374