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Validus Swine Animal Welfare Review

The Swine Animal Welfare Review Program was developed to assist producers in verifying their production practices. The program includes a comprehensive assessment of the farm’s animal care practices, along with recommendations for any improvements that may be necessary.  The Swine Animal Welfare Review program also includes an audit option that allows producers to gain certification based on industry standard practices, or specifications defined by a processor or retail customer.

Swine Animal Welfare Assessment/Pre-Audit
The program begins with a comprehensive assessment/pre-audit of the farm’s animal care practices. The assessment/pre-audit includes:

Step 1: Entrance interview with owner/manager
Step 2: On-site assessment/pre-audit
Step 3: Exit interview with owner/manager
Step 4: Written assessment report and certificate

The assessor records observations of the operation’s animal husbandry, including handling and care. Specific areas reviewed include:

  • General animal management
  • Feed and water access and quality
  • Herd health
  • Locomotion
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Nutrition
  • Euthanasia procedures
  • Body condition score
  • Animal inspection for wounds, abscesses, lesions, etc.
  • Space allocation
  • Special needs management
  • Animal behavior
  • Handling and transportation
  • Management and employee training
  • Emergency action plan

Swine Animal Welfare Review Audit
An optional certification audit is available for all producers.  The audit is recommended for those producers required to provide their customers with independent verification of their animal care practices.  The audit can be customized to match the defined specifications of any retail or foodservice customer.  Upon certification, producers receive a certificate and farm gate sign for their use.

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Validus Expert Committees
The Validus Animal Welfare Certification programs were developed by independent industry experts. Click here to meet the members of the Validus Expert and Advisory Committees.

Validus Certified Farms and Products
Learn more about the products and farmers awarded the Validus Animal Welfare Review by clicking hereCertified Responsible Producer Certification


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