OUR RESPONSIBILITY

TO PRODUCE PIGS TO THE VERY HIGHEST WELFARE STANDARDS

ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE

We work closely with our farmers and landowners to meet rigorously high standards of animal welfare, through excellent sanitation, nutrition and housing practices which support the health and well being of our pigs, all of which are raised to Red Tractor standards and RSPCA Freedom Food Assured standards.

As all of our own units and third party producers are based in Norfolk and Suffolk, there is minimal travel involved, further improving welfare standards.

Award Winning Welfare

We are able to further improve welfare standards through the employment of our own dedicated Wayland vet who travels between our farms ensuring continuity of care and that animal health remains paramount. Our farms are independently audited on an annual basis by accredited, highly experienced individuals and we are proud to have been awarded the highest performance ranking of Tier One in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare standards (BBFAW) for the third consecutive year, cementing our position as a global leader in the sector.

Backed by Compassion in World Farming and World Animal Protection, the award recognises us as the only processor to achieve Tier One “leadership” ranking for the third consecutive year. Other companies which were awarded the highest ranking for animal welfare included Co-op Group (Switzerland), Marks & Spencer, Noble Foods and Waitrose.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is a key focus in everything we do at Wayland Farms and we have committed to a rigorous set of standards which will make us one of the most sustainable farming businesses in the UK. We have pledged to reduce CO2 emissions, monitor our water usage and our responsible use of antibiotics. Through reducing our environmental impact, we believe we can have a sustainable business plan set for the future.

Water Stewardship


As part of our long term commitment to improving sustainability within our business, we work closely with Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership Water Stewardship Board which was established in 2015. We work alongside other representatives from local agri businesses, all sharing water stewardship strategies and visions for collaborative action, driving decision making which is vital for the success of environmental projects within the area.

R&D

As a business we are always looking at latest innovations within the sector. Technologies that have been evaluated to date inc DNA traceability, blockchain technology, electronic identification and high definition carcass classification.

Wayland Farms’ has an in-house trial facility covering 980 pig places, where research is carried out in a controlled environment. Assessing feeds, additives, environment and genetics and the impact upon pig performance.

Feed conversion ratios have been improved by manipulating lysine levels in pig diets for example. Trials assessing additives and their effect on the balance of gut microflora.

Research and development is key to the success of our business, we are driven by the desire to constantly improve the welfare of our pigs and as such, we work alongside Queens University, Belfast on R &D projects to ensure that we are always at the forefront of new industry research. We have offered part sponsorship to PhD students, with a recent study focussed around anti – microbial resistance.

R&D

As a business we are always looking at latest innovations within the sector. Technologies that have been evaluated to date inc DNA traceability, blockchain technology, electronic identification and high definition carcass classification.

Wayland Farms’ has an in-house trial facility covering 980 pig places, where research is carried out in a controlled environment. Assessing feeds, additives, environment and genetics and the impact upon pig performance.

Feed conversion ratios have been improved by manipulating lysine levels in pig diets for example. Trials assessing additives and their effect on the balance of gut microflora.

Research and development is key to the success of our business, we are driven by the desire to constantly improve the welfare of our pigs and as such, we work alongside Queens University, Belfast on R &D projects to ensure that we are always at the forefront of new industry research. We have offered part sponsorship to PhD students, with a recent study focussed around anti – microbial resistance.