Farm Assure-IP is a certification scheme for livestock. Under this scheme every animal is checked for its vaccination, diet, level of comfort, level of stress, handling of animals and traceability from farm to fork. Farm Assure-IP certification will allow producers to claim that their animal husbandry and welfare practices meet guidelines acceptable under food safety, management and livestock handling regulations. Clients who wish to be certified under this scheme must be able to demonstrate that their animals have the access to the five freedoms according to the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) -
In addition you will also be assured that you meet standards set at or above legal minimum requirements, the assessment will act as a check that as a producer you are indeed adhering to relevant legal requirements including many aspects of animal welfare compliance.
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Minimum Certification Criteria for
Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.