Fair Game farms must comply with a set of obligatory production standards.
A second set of continual improvement standards aims to include and encourage those in the process of change, whereby we monitor their progress. On this set of standards, farmers must achieve a collective score of 50% and must show continual improvement thereafter.
Any failure to comply will result in disqualification.
OBLIGATORY COMPLIANCE STANDARDS
Ethical livestock and pasture management must be implemented:
- More than 80% of the land surface on the farms participating in this brand must constitute natural veldt conditions,
- All the produce of the brand must be reared on natural veld terrain for at least 9 months of any calendar year
- No animals may be exposed to feedlots.
- Traceability of livestock must be demonstrated to the farm of origin through sales and purchases and Fair Game producers must maintain records on all transport and delivery of livestock.
Predator and wildlife friendly management practice must be implemented:
- Non-lethal predation mitigation must be practiced.
- Wildlife coexistence must be practiced on the participant farms.
Ecological and Veterinary Management Plans must be developed:
- A detailed ecological (including livestock and pasture) management plan must be compiled within three years of registration with Fair Game.
- No growth stimulants and prophylactic antibiotics and hormones may be used.
- Detailed records are kept of livestock and management actions.
CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT STANDARDS
The standards will cover a full range environmental impact, animal husbandry, animal welfare and social responsibility standards. There will be a requirement to meet a 50% compliance standard in these on initial qualification and a demonstration of continual improvement thereafter. Producers are expected to keep records of their performance to enable effective audit of their compliance.
The environmental management standards will include:
- Ecological integrity of their farms
- Soil conservation efforts
- Water and riparian conservation actions
- Biodiversity impact mitigation actions
- Energy conservation and management
- Waste management
- Alien Plant Management
- Responsible Fire and Disaster Management
- Responsible Veterinary Management
- Responsible Fencing Management
The animal husbandry standards will include:
- Animal nutrition
- Adequate access to water
- Herd health and wellbeing measures
Animal welfare issues will include:
- Low stress animal handling
- Humane animal transport
- Humane animal procedures and surgeries
Social responsibility standards will include:
- Lawful employment standards
- Human health and wellbeing standards
- Human capital development efforts