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PROOF is a program for free range eggs, pork, chicken, beef and lamb from animals that have been raised on pasture in open fields. The PROOF standards are underpinned by our Core Values

Pastured definition: 

"All livestock are raised outdoors with continuous and unrestricted daytime access to paddocks that are suitable for grazing and are provided with shade and shelter. All animals must use the paddocks each day unless; they choose to shelter because of inclement weather, short term confinement for veterinary treatment or when giving birth. Feed supplements are available to ensure all their nutritional needs are met. Animals are kept at a stocking intensity that will ensure forage is always available in a sustainably managed rotational grazing system."

To become a member, a farm must commit to the PROOF Core Values and Standards.

Before a farm can become a member, they must provide verification evidence that they comply with our standards and carry out a thorough self assessment in the form of an internal audit.  Farms are required to supply their declaration of compliance (in the form of an internal audit) every year to ensure on going compliance with our standards.

Transparency is important to us so all our Licensed farms are displayed on our website along with their contact details. A farm listing may also display different levels of commitment by the producer to animal welfare and the training they have undertaken.  

PROOF stands for 'PASTURE RAISED ON OPEN FIELDS' because that's what we believe free range means.  Pigs and chickens were designed to forage in forest and grasslands and our farmers strive to offer the most natural conditions to their animals that controlled farming will allow.  It will come as no surprise that the farmers that follow this philosophy pride themselves on not being a part of the industrial model for food production.  They are driven by passion and farming means something more to them than getting the maximum number of animals on the minimum amount of land.

Good old fashioned values, wholesome food that is farmed sustainably, the best free range produce, that's what we aim to bring to you.  You may not find what our farmers offer in the supermarkets but that just means adopting some old fashioned traditions yourself by supporting local grocers, butchers, deli's and farmers markets.

Our Core Values

  • All animals* are able to range freely in open fields or paddocks
  • Animals will not be kept in cages, stalls or crates
  • All animals are kept at stocking densities that will ensure access to forage and grazing and; in the case of layer hens, shall not exceed 1,500 per hectare
  • Densely confined production systems and feed lotting are not practiced
  • All animals are able to interact with their herd or flock and to carry out natural behaviours
  • All animals will be protected from predation
  • Animals will be fed to meet their nutritional needs as well as production requirements
  • There will be no use of growth promoters

*with the exception of very young poultry that are not yet sufficiently feathered


The opinions, advice and information contained in this website have not been provided at the request of any person but are offered by  PROOF and Australian Pig Farmers solely for informational purposes. While the information provided has been formulated in good faith, it should not be relied on as a substitute for professional advice. Australian Pig Farmers, PROOF or Free Range Farm Management do not accept liability in respect of any action taken by any person in reliance on the content of this publication.

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