Around five per cent of sows are ‘Outdoor Bred: Raised Indoors on Straw’. Like free range, all adult breeding sows and boars live in open spaces with access to shelter.
The piglets are born and raised under these conditions until weaning, when they are then moved to large barns with deep-litter bedding such as straw or rice hulls, where they remain until sale.
Similar to free range systems, paddocks must be rotated with a crop-forage pasture phase to manage the nutrient build up and restore soil structure.
For more information visit the APIQ✓® Outdoor Bred: Raised Indoors on Straw webpage.
Consumers who wish to purchase ‘Outdoor Bred: Raised Indoors on Straw’ pork should look for Certified Outdoor Bred: Raised Indoors on Straw PorkMark logo.