Animal care

We believe in the humane, responsible treatment
of all our animals

We ensure the optimal comfort and safety of all our animals

As one of South Africa’s largest providers of pork, GHB Farms takes pride in giving our pigs the best possible care, continually investing in ways to improve the welfare of our herds.

We handle thousands of animals on a daily basis, taking on the responsibility of handling these animals respectfully. Our crate-free and group housing system is one of the ways we ensure the optimal comfort and safety of our animals. As a member of the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) and certified with Pork 360, GHB farms regularly undergoes auditing processes, ensuring our animals’ health and welfare, general herd management and food safety are up to standard.

To help us accomplish this, we invest in important infrastructure, including:

  • Trained employees for transport and welfare checks
  • Low density and short distance transportation
  • Modern animal transport vehicles
  • Standardised transport checks
  • Constant supervision at our operations

We pride ourselves in adhering to, not only national standards, but also the international European Commission’s standards.


The European Commission’s minimum standards include:

Improving the quality of the flooring surfaces

Increasing the living space available for sows and gilts

Introducing higher level of training and competence on welfare issues for personnel

Providing permanent access to fresh water and to materials for rooting and playing

Additionally, we partner with CS Vet Veterinary Consultancy to ensure the health of our pigs, as well as the continued improvement of their treatment in terms of nutrition and housing. CS Vet offers industry-leading veterinary consultancy and quality assurance programmes to pig farms across the country. Through their nationally accredited laboratory, they also provide animal health services.


For more information about CS Vet, please visit