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Professional pork producers are committed to animal welfare. Animals that are well cared for produce a high quality product. The industry invests considerable resources in training and innovation to ensure a high standard of welfare is adopted by pork producers. The Model Code of Practice (MCoP) for the Welfare of Pigs is intended as a guide for all people responsible for the welfare of pigs under intensive, outdoor or deep litter production systems. It recognised that the basic requirements for the welfare of pigs is a husbandry system managed by well trained and skilled stockpersons. The MCoP has been prescribed in the Animal Welfare (General) Regulations.
WAPPA members Deb and Stephen Hoffrichter from Shark Lake Piggery in Esperance have taken out top honours in Australian Pork Limited 'Steak Your Claim' competition. Their meat was commended for having excellent marbling, being bright and beautiful when raw and having a great flavour profile, excellent juiciness and being an al-dente style pork.
'We have worked hard on quality improvement, invested more than $2 million dollars in the last few years and worked closely with our stock providers,” Mr Hoffrichter said.
“It’s really great to have our efforts rewarded in this way.”
Western Australia put in a strong performance. Linton Batt of Butcher's Block came 3rd whilst Linley Valley Pork came 4th and 5th.Read More