NPA Red Tractor webinar tonight - register now!
9th Feb 2021 / By Alistair Driver
The NPA is hosting an important webinar tonight give members a chance to question Red Tractor on the proposed changes to its pork scheme standards.
The webinar, featuring Red Tractor’s technical manager for pigs, Georgina Crayford and pork board chairman Stewart Houston, will take place at 7pm.
To register for the webinar, please email Andrea
If you would like to ask any specific questions ahead of the meeting, please email them to Andrea when you register. This will ensure that the Red Tractor staff are in a position to answer them fully on the evening. Let us know if you prefer your question to remain anonymous.
"This is a really important consultation on some significant changes to Red Tractor's standards and we want as many members as possible to respond to it by the March 5 deadline. We are hosting this webinar to give members the opportunity to ask Red Tractor any questions they might have," chief executive Zoe Davies said.
NPA has begun the process of going through each standard but Red Tractor has recognised that most producers will not have the time to do the same.
Following a request from NPA, it has provided this helpful video, which talks about the key changes that will affect pig businesses.
The consultation, which can be viewed HERE, proposes changes across a number of areas, including:
- Welfare Code statutory requirements, covering tail docking, enrichment, accommodation and record keeping.
- Animal welfare, including a requirement for all people involved with pigs to undergo an online training course in handling.
- Animal medicines, including a new draft standard requiring training in medicines and antimicrobial resistance and a new standard requiring persistent high users of antibiotics to implement an antibiotic reduction plan has also been proposed.
- Biosecurity, including new draft standards haimed at minimising the risk of disease spread between and within farms, with members required to sign up to the industry’s Significant Diseases Charter.
The consultation is open until March 5 and Red Tractor is seeking input from across the industry before finalising the scheme standards from November 2021.