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Soil Association Certification and Pasture for Life certification standard

Soil Association Certification become joint auditor of the ‘Pasture for Life’ certification standard.

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, Organic Farmers & Growers and Biodynamic Association welcome Soil Association Certification as a fellow auditor of the ‘Pasture for Life’ certification standard.

This announcement comes at the beginning of this year’s virtual Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) where they will be holding three ‘drop-in’ sessions for farmers and others interested in moving towards Pasture for Life certification, with or without organic and biodynamic certifications.

What does this mean for licensees?

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) are a diverse community of farmers, butchers, academics and consumers, which champions the regenerative role of ruminant grazing animals.

For any Soil Association Certification licensees who manage cows, sheep and goats, many of whom will be at, or near 100% pasture-fed practices, certification will allow them to differentiate their products still further to the wider public, who are becoming more aware of the environmental, animal welfare and human health benefits of 100% pasture-fed meat and milk. 

“The PFLA is delighted to welcome SA Cert to the group of organisations championing our Pasture for Life standard,” explains the PFLA’s Executive Director, Jimmy Woodrow. “We feel this reflects the strength of collaboration present in the regenerative movement and the fact that Pasture for Life is a natural fit with organic certification.”

More than half of current Pasture for Life certifications sit alongside pre-existing organic or biodynamic certifications, with those with OF&G and the BDA already benefitting from joint audits. As a result of this new agreement, those licensed with SA Cert will also be able to have a joint audit, saving time and cost. 

“We are pleased to be able to offer our organic licensees the ability to now have a joint organic and PFLA audit, allowing for the further promotion and recognition of their hard work supporting pasture-fed grazing which is a key component of an organic system” says Martin Sawyer, CEO, SA Certification.

Pasture For Life at the Oxford Real Farmers Conference.

The ‘drop-in’ sessions at the OFRC will be held in the event’s informal ‘Meeting Room’, which can be accessed by conference attendees from the main ORFC website, as with the rest of the conference.

The times of these sessions are:

  • Friday 8th 1 pm;
  • Sunday 10th 3 pm;
  • Wednesday 13th 5 pm.

Participants will be able to ask questions freely of the representatives of the PFLA, OF&G, Soil Association and the BDA about becoming Pasture for Life certified.

Find the drop-in sessions here: https://orfc.org.uk/exhibitor/pasture-fed-livestock-association/