As part of the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme, the RSPCA will work with farmers who operate both conventional and higher welfare systems - this is known as parallel production. The RSPCA will only approve the higher welfare system, but there may be conventional production also on farm or on another site operated by the farm.
The RSPCA does this because our aim is to improve the lives of as many farm animals as possible and by working with these farmers, there is greater opportunity to show producers the benefits of higher welfare farming, and encourage them to convert their conventional systems to higher welfare systems.
In parallel production systems, there must be suitable traceability processes in place to ensure there is no substitution of higher welfare with conventional product.
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