The Longthorp family have been farming for 4 generations. Based in Howden East Yorkshire they were originally a purely arable farm growing crops, pigs were added to the mix some thirty years ago to make better use of the grain and straw they produce.
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In 2007 the Longthorps decided to take that one step further, and after weaning carry on growing some of their pigs outside so that they would be 100% free range from start to finish. There are only 1-2% pigs produced this way in the UK.
Whilst many would like to see all of their pigs produced in this way, this is something that is fundamentally impossible. To do free range pigs well and maintain the highest welfare standards you need the right sandy, free draining land, something that is scarcely available in Yorkshire, which is why there aren’t many free range pigs around.
So in order to maintain our high welfare standards the remainder of their pigs are still grown in large straw based yards which are Red Tractor Assured and Freedom Foods accredited.
Their number one priority at Anna’s Happy Trotters is the welfare of their pigs and this is something we are very proud of. A big believer in being responsible when it comes to eating meat, which means making sure that it has been produced to high welfare standards.
As well as being Red Tractor Assured and Freedom Foods accredited, Compassion in World Farming have also recognised their commitment to animal welfare by presenting Anna’s with a GOOD PIG AWARD. The criteria is based on the “Five Freedoms”:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress