Animal Welfare Policy

Animal Welfare Policy

PLEASE READ THESE CAREFULLY, AND GET IN CONTACT WITH US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

The livestock reared and kept at Hill Top Farm often have contact with large numbers of people, many of whom will have no experience of livestock and may not know how to behave around farm animals. Close monitoring of the stock at all times is therefore of great importance to us at Hill Top Farm to prevent the misuse and/or ill-treatment of all our animals. It is vital that our Animal Welfare Policy reflects the farm’s individual circumstances and in turn promotes good practice to those visiting Hill Top Farm.

The 5 principles of good animal welfare as set out by the RSPCA are:

  1. Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
  2. Freedom from discomfort
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
  5. Freedom from fear and distress.

In acknowledging these freedoms, at Hill Top Farm we practice:

  1. Caring, responsible planning and management
  2. Skilled, knowledgeable and conscientious stock-keeping
  3. Appropriate environmental and welfare design
  4. Considerate handling and transportation.

In addition to our Animal Welfare Policy, we are also Red Tractor Farm Assured for Beef & Lamb (498562). The animal welfare elements within Red Tractor standards encompasses a range of additional measures, carried out on farm to protect and enhance the lives of animals. A rigorous program of farm audits means that, as a Red Tractor assured farm, Hill Top Farm receives regular independent assessments to check that our animal welfare standards on farm match the requirements of the scheme. The UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, but in some instances Red Tractor’s standards go above and beyond what is required by law.

Updated January 2019