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Good Farming

Farming worldwide has become way too intensive… but not only do too many animals being farmed have sad, sad lives… the damage caused by farming is taking a massive toll on our environment too. 
We reckon its up to consumers to start the conversation about how we can make farming better, for our animals, for our environment… and for generations into the future. We think NZ can be innovative world leaders in sustainable farming… what do you reckon?

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Here’s a straightforward run down of how farmers keep their pasture in good nick… and the animals happy.
1. A robust management system – all farms have a system in place that evaluates how grazing impacts the environment. This also includes a plan to address any concerns – particularly around nutrient leaching.
2. Rotating paddocks – paddock rotation helps prevent soil nutrient buildup, control the risk of parasite infestation and reduce harm to pasture vegetation. Pasture cover shouldn’t be less than 40% vegetation.
3. Growing good vegetation – farmers must demonstrate they have a plan in place to plant beneficial crops on rotating pasture. Beneficial crops are fodder beets or kale which help reduce potassium levels in soil.
4. A matter of manure – if kept on the farm, any manure or bedding (straw) is composted for soil enrichment.
5. Keeping an eye on the land – farmers have a process for evaluating any soil erosion and a plan to manage land degredation.
6. Keeping animals out of any bog – animals are kept off any waterlogged land to allow it to recover.
7. Protecting the waterways – every effort is taken to prevent runoff contaminating waterways.
8. Informing the auditors – auditors’ ongoing monitoring of farms ensure farmers are practicing good farm management.

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sustainability
Great farming practices are at the heart of what we’re about at Freedom Farms. So we’d be remiss not to be thinking about the environment too. As the market for high welfare farming grows, we have an opportunity to contine to build a sustainable and innovative food system that ensures good soil quality, clean waterways and a promising future for our farmers and their families.
 
In the simplest of terms, we want to create healthy farms now that can be passed on to future generations, so they can carry on farming the same way we do.Its about making the right choices, adopting practices that care for the climate and the environment, and we reckon it must be done.

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laws
New Zealand does have some animal welfare rules in place already. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) are responsible for regulating the farming and agriculture sector. They have written Codes of Welfare for each sector that form a minimum standard for how farmers manage their farms and animals.
 
 It is assumed that the Freedom Farms farming standards are read in addition to the Codes of Welfare set by MPI.

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farm-to-plate
You’ve probably seen the wee ‘Farm to Plate Traceability’ logo on our packaging? That means that every step along the production process – from the farm all the way to the grocery store, is audited and monitored. It also means that you’ll only ever get meat and eggs that come from our farms… no exceptions!

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