Over the recent twelve months Game Farm have been working with its Farmers and the RSPCA to obtain certification as an Approved Licensee under the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme. Game Farm’s ongoing commitment to animal welfare provides its consumers the choice and peace-of-mind that when purchasing Game Farm Spatchcock they are purchasing a higher welfare product.
The benefits of the meat chickens from an approved farm:
> Good lighting to encourage foraging and activity;
> Period of full darkness to allow proper rest;
> Stronger muscles and bones from more movement;
> Perches and environmental enrichment;
> Dry and friable litter for foraging and dust bathing.
About the RSPCA Appoved Farming Scheme
RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme works with producers Australia wide to improve the lives of Australia’s farm animals and provide guidance and a trustworthy choice to consumers wanting to purchase products from higher welfare production systems.
The Approved Farming Scheme is a not-for-profit program that works on three levels, by
establishing animal welfare standards that go beyond regulatory requirements and that are commercially viable;
Enabling differentiation and marketing of products from RSPCA Approved farms; and
offering consumers who buy chicken, pork, turkey and eggs a higher welfare alternative.
Since the scheme was launched in 1996, the lives of more than 95.2 million farm animals have been improved via the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme.
Currently the RSPCA works with 20 different producers (who between them own or contract almost 200 separate farms), resulting in 15 brands selling more than 180 RSPCA Approved lines in almost 2,000 stores nationally.
How the Scheme works
Producers (including individuals or companies) that aspire to improve animal welfare on their farms, or wish to have their efforts to improve animal welfare recognised, can apply to join the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and implement the RSPCA’s standards.
These standards, which have been developed through a rigorous process that includes consultation with farmers themselves, are publicly available at www.rspca.org.au
The assessment process
As part of a typical on-site assessment, the RSPCA Assessor will observe all areas where animals are kept as part of the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme and verify compliance with the species-specific animal welfare standards. They also meet with farm managers and check farm records. Once the visit is complete, the Assessor will submit their compliance report to RSPCA Australia where it will be reviewed. The producer is then advised of the outcomes of the assessment including any corrective actions required.
The Approved Farming Scheme works with small, medium and large-scale producers.
Source: RSPCA Impact Report 2013 Approved Farming Scheme