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.
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 or there have been substantial changes to the farm operation 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 for one livestock species** and includes gst, 12 months membership, your farm audit and issue of your certificate. Please not that extra travel costs may apply for remote areas***.
Please speak to us to see if travel costs will apply to your application.
Humane Choice does not charge a percentage of your sales. There is only the one annual fee.
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
100 Breeding Cattle
10,000 Layer Hens
10,000 Meat Birds
Egg producers that buy in eggs from other Humane Choice accredited farms will not qualify as small producers if the total number of eggs sold exceeds the equivalent of 10,000 layer hens.
Egg Producers that grade and pack eggs under contract for other producers will not qualify as a small producer if total number of eggs graded exceeds the equivalent of 10,000 layer hens.
Pork producers that buy in weaners will not qualify as a small producer if the total number of pigs sold exceeds the equivalent of 200 sows.
*Fees for larger operations are $1,100 for the first species and $880 per additional species plus charges based on the cost of the farm audit. These are one time annual charges and Humane Choice does not charge a percentage on sales.
** An additional livestock species (e.g. pigs plus cattle) fee of $440 will be charged during the application process. ($660 for 3 species eg. pigs, cattle and sheep)
***Travel will be charged at 0.75 cents per kilometre after the first 50 kilometres, usually from a major rural centre or capital city. Travel costs will be shared if more than one audit is to be carried out in your area at the same time.
Pre audit inspections may be carried out at the request of the applicant and at their own cost. An hourly rate plus travel expenses will be charged.
For producer inquiries contact:
Phone 02 65627318