Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise meat business companies

Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards recognise meat business companies

The Compassion in World Farming’s Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards saw multiple UK based companies recognised in the chicken and pig categories.

Winners of Good Pig Awards were Dingley Dell Pork, Denhay Farms Ltd and Whole Foods Market UK, whilst Blade Farming was the winner of the Good Calf Commendation.

Dingley Dell Pork is a 3rd generation pig farm in the UK, which has seen brothers Mark and Paul embark on the family’s first outdoor production site. It supplies food service, retail and catering butchers, local hotels and restaurants with a range of fresh pork and cured products to food businesses in the UK, Channel Islands, Belgium, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

UK based Denhay Farms Ltd received a Good Pig Award for its higher welfare policies. One of its brands – ‘Denhay’ – produces dry cured bacon and gammon using only pork from outdoor bred British herds that are RSPCA Freedom Food accredited and can be found in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose stores and online at Ocado.

Whole Foods Market UK was awarded a Good Pig Award for its commitment to sell only free range pork in its nine UK stores. The company also received a Good Chicken Award for its decision to sell only free range chicken from birds that are slower growing, can roam outside and have more space inside the sheds.

Blade Farming, part of the ABP Food Group, one of Europe’s leading food processors that process approximately 1 million cattle a year. Blade Farming is unique in the UK and they have pioneered the only truly integrated beef supply chain. With numbers in excess of 20,000 head of cattle in operation, they are one of the largest beef farming operations in the UK, with the demand for beef produced through the Blade operation increasing year on year.  Blade Farming received a Good Calf Commendation for ensuring that their calf rearing operations are higher welfare.

Tracey Jones, director of Food Business at Compassion in World Farming said: “Every year I am so impressed by the commitment and drive of our Award winners to make genuine improvements to the lives of millions of farm animals.”

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