October 19th, 2012 | Posted in General News by social
Just over two years ago, Vegetarians International Voice For Animals (VIVA!) discovered an isolated incident on one of our farms that shocked and saddened us. We immediately took a number of steps to ensure nothing similar could happen again. We’re very proud of the conditions we provide for our girls and the awards we’ve been given as a result over the last two years.
The farm in question was immediately suspended from production. The RSPCA Freedom Foods notified and arrived onsite to audit the farm within 48 hours. This farm was never reinstated as a happy egg company farm.
As a further precaution, an immediate review of the conditions on all of our happy egg company farms was undertaken on the 2 days following the report, with us increasing the frequency of audits across all our farms to every 4 weeks.
Over the last two years we’ve completely overhauled our own audit process, introducing even stricter guidelines for our happy egg company farms. Only the farms that score gold or platinum are categorised as farms that produce happy eggs. These audits are undertaken by our internal team regularly and we continue to provide access to RSPCA Freedom Foods for their annual inspections, and also the unannounced checks from RSPCA Farm Livestock officers, DEFRA and AHVLA.
Ensuring our hens are the happiest they can be is hugely important to us. We have 20% less birds than is required by the law to be classified as a free range farm, meaning there’s a maximum of 2,000 birds per hectare (10,000m2). And of course, when the girls decide to go inside there are never more than 9 birds per m2 as specified by the RSPCA Freedom Food Scheme.
Internationally recognised animal welfare group, Compassion In World Farming have also awarded us two of their ‘Good Egg Awards’ in the last two years; the first in 2011 for the conditions we provide for our girls, and the second in 2012 for our products using eggs from our happy hens. We feel that being given these awards is testament to how much we care about looking after our girls and ensuring we’re providing the best care and environment for them.
All of our farmers are dedicated to the wellbeing of their hens and every farm has acres of outdoor space for our hens to roam free, plenty of playhouses, trees and foliage for them to explore and rummage around in, as well as indoor space with nest boxes to give them a little bit of privacy when they’re laying.
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