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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

VERMIN CONTROL

DR.VC.1 Key

Standards

There must be effective control of vermin.
(Revised)

How you will be measured

DR.VC.1.a

No build-up of vegetation close to farm structures that could harbour vermin.

DR.VC.1.b

A site survey is completed at least annually while stock are housed and/or the feed storage areas are in use, detailing: - date of inspection - locations inspected - findings - action required - date actions completed

DR.VC.1.c

Dead/trapped vermin are searched for and disposed of when bait points are checked.

Site Survey

DR.VC.2

Standards

Toxic bait must be used responsibly. (Revised)

How you will be measured

DR.VC.2.a

Prior to treatment with baits the use of non-chemical control methods is considered first followed by the least toxic alternatives (see Appendix – risk hierarchy).

DR.VC.2.b

An Environmental Risk Assessment is undertaken in accordance with the Appendix before bait is laid.

DR.VC.2.c

Where baits are used a Bait Plan identifies: - location of bait points - bait used - bait point inspection - replenishment dates

DR.VC.2.d

Non-target animals do not have access to baits.

DR.VC.2.e

Bait is prevented from contaminating animal feed/milk storage area.

DR.VC.2.f

Permanent baiting is not routinely undertaken and toxic bait is removed when treatment is finished.

DR.VC.2.g

Product label directions are followed.

DR.VC.2.h

A documented COSHH assessment is carried out where there are 5 or more employees.
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Bait Plan
  • COSHH assessment (where applicable)

DR.VC.3

Standards

Systems must be in place to control vermin in milk production/storage areas.

How you will be measured

DR.VC.3.a

In the milk storage facility doors are kept closed.

DR.VC.3.b

In the parlour feed hoppers are clean and covered.

DR.VC.3.c

There is no evidence of accumulated dirt from nesting birds.

DR.VC.3.d

Insect elimination measures (such as screens, food-safe fly sprays, strips, electric fly killers) are positioned and managed where they cannot contaminate the product.

DR.VC.3.e

Vermin access points are eliminated.