Stockcroft Pigs joins LEAF

Pork producer Stockcroft Pigs has joined sustainable farming organisation LEAF – Linking Environment and Farming.

The company is looking to implement LEAF’s Integrated Farm Management (IFM) sustainable farming principles across its 50 contracted farms.

IFM is a sustainable farming approach that covers energy and resource use, soil and water management and creating natural habitats for the benefit of wildlife, flora and fauna. It uses both modern technology and traditional methods.

Stockcroft rears outdoor-bred, straw-based pigs and supplies pork to Tulip.

Sally Stockings from Stockcroft Pigs said: “Becoming a member of LEAF will provide our farmers with the tools and expertise to help ensure the farms are being run with maximum care for the environment.

“Each of our 50 farms is different and the IFM approach can be adapted to suit each individual site, which is important to us. As a growing company, we are also interested in encouraging like-minded farmers to join our ventures, and our membership of LEAF will help us to do this. We’re looking for farmers who have land available to rear the pigs outside or barns to straw-base fatten them.”

Jeremy Boxall, LEAF commercial director, added: “We are delighted to welcome Stockcroft Pigs as a corporate member of LEAF. As a corporate member, they will now benefit from the many services LEAF offers to help farmers to farm more sustainably – be that through increased resource efficiency, improving soil and water quality and implementing measures to improve biodiversity.”

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