The main aim with the Pork 360 Farm standard is to ensure good quality pork produced on welfare friendly farms, with good bio-security, environmental Stewardship and minimum antimicrobial usage.

13 Objectives

This objective describes how and who will be manage the assurance program on farm; this includes ensuring all required standard operating procedures and the registers required are appropriate and up to date, that appropriate training of personnel on SOPs takes place and that there are contingency plans in place for emergency situations.

This objective addresses the biosecurity of the unit and includes the following:
  • The fence
  • Biosecurity signage
  • Human access
  • Vehicle access
  • Animal access
  • Management of Deliveries
The aim of this objective is to reduce the risk of unwanted diseases or pathogens from entering the unit

This objective focuses on worker health to ensure that employees do not pose a zoonotic risk to the pigs and includes requirements for worker facilities (for example the canteen, ablution facilities and toilets).

All Pork 360 farms must have a pest plan in place and keep records of all substances used. Farms may also only use substances registered in terms of Act 36 (1947)

Feed quality and water quality are the focus of this objective, to ensure pigs are feed appropriately. Specific measures include prohibition of Swill feeding, control of in-feed medication.

This objective addresses housing aspects of pig welfare. Sow housing and stock densities are specified. Other requirements are a stormwater plan and measures in place to ensure efficient water use.

This objective focuses on basic management practices. Some of the key focus areas include:
  • Health plan
  • Animal identification
  • Age at marketing
  • Management of sick pigs
  • Euthanasia
  • Emergency Slaughter
  • Post-mortem facilities
  • Post-mortem records

This objective focuses on cleaning and disinfecting of the houses to ensure pathogen reduction between batches.

There are eight focus areas under this objective which aims to ensure responsible use of animal medication and vaccinations. The focus areas include:

  • Storage
  • Records of storeroom
  • Reconciliation of issued medication
  • Withdrawal period
  • Injections
  • Needle control
  • Needle hygiene
  • Syringe hygiene

This objective looks at the management of three different types of waste namely: Biodegradable wastewater, Hazardous waste and disposal of dead animals.

The transport objective focus on the requirements for loading facilities and vehicle requirements to ensure good animal welfare as well as vehicle hygiene.

Routine maintenance procedures must be carried out to minimize breakdowns and consequent animal welfare issues. A register of emergency repairs is also required.

This objective focus only on the calibration of equipment used for measuring medications.

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