Every year, troublesome elves move from shelf to shelf, creating household mischief and delighting children every morning when they wake up to discover the naughty new nocturnal antics. This year, our own cheeky RSPCA Assured elf, known as Alf has decided to try something different.
Fed up with causing havoc at home, he's heading into the great outdoors. That's right, you’ve heard of elf on a shelf, well this year, it’s elf on a farm.
This Christmas, the mischievous Alf the Elf will be found out and about on RSPCA Assured farms getting up to all sorts of shenanigans. He might be tagging along with one of our farm assessors, riding a tractor, or even perching with the hens - always following biosecurity measures, of course.
Be sure to check back every day to follow the agricultural antics of Alf the RSPCA Assured elf.
Today, Alf is enjoying eggs. If you’re having eggs today too, be sure to get RSPCA Assured eggs. Find out more about what makes RSPCA Assured labelled eggs higher welfare.
Today, Alf is exploring the farm with his friend Holly. On-farm assessments mean our assessors get a real insight into what’s happening. To find out more, visit our website. Find out more about on-farm assessments.
Today, Alf the Elf is relaxing and watching our Welly Vision documentary series. If you want to be like Alf and find out what life is really like on an RSPCA Assured egg-laying hen farm, visit our website.
Today, Alf is out about on a farm and to help him get around he’s on a tractor. This helps him keep up with the free-range farm animals who have more room to roam about. You can find out more about space allowances for animals on RSPCA Assured farms.
Dustbathing is an important natural behaviour for chickens (and elves it appears). You can find out more about why hens dustbathe and what RSPCA Assured standards insist upon.
Alf and Holly are on a farm again today, this time they’re playing in the straw. Hay and straw bales can be used as environmental enrichment items which are a requirement for laying hens, meat chickens, pigs, dairy cows, calves and turkeys on RSPCA Assured farms.
Today, Alf is keeping an eye on the pigs by hiding in the straw. Watch out, Alf. Looks like they’ve found you. You can find out more about pig welfare standards on RSPCA Assured farms here.
That’s not quite what we meant when we said “Welly Vision”, Alf and Holly. Welly Vision is our new online series designed to give you a feet-on-the-ground look at life on RSPCA Assured farms.
What for dinner tonight, Alf the Elf? RSPCA Assured chicken breasts. Excellent! RSPCA Assured is the only food assurance scheme dedicated solely to animal welfare. You can find out more about the RSPCA’s higher welfare standards.
Today, Holly the Elf has searched supermarkets across the UK for RSPCA Assured festive products. She's popped them all in a table, so you can choose higher welfare this year.
Today, Holly is mixing up a feast for Santa's reindeer. Just hope she cleans up after herself. Why not give the RSPCA's recipe a try at home with your little ones and whip up a treat for Rudolf?
The weather outside may be frightful but Erin the Elf is snug and warm indoors. Here she is giving a treat to Tiddles, the farm cat. Take a look at some tips from the RSPCA on how to keep your cats happy.
Today, Alf is out on his tractor helping to keep the farm clean and tidy. RSPCA welfare standards don't just focus on the animals, but their environment too. Good work, Alf.
Phew. Alf and Holly made it back to the office in time for Christmas Eve. They've had a busy month visiting RSPCA Assured farms and learning all about higher welfare farming. Well done, Alf and all the other elves. Merry Christmas to everyone from RSPCA Assured.