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Avoiding non-conformances 

As a Red Tractor farm member, we know that you are passionate about the food you produce and work hard to make sure that it meets Red Tractor standards.

No-one likes getting a non-conformance, so here’s some helpful advice on how to avoid them.

Health and Safety Policy – all members need to have one of these. Find out more about this standard here, and download a free template and worked example from the Health and Safety Executive’s website.

 

Medicines training – double check that at least one person has been trained on responsible medicines use and has a certificate of competence/attendance dated no earlier than October 2016. Find a list of training providers in your area here.

 

BVD – make sure you have a BVD management plan included within your health plan. Download a health plan template here.

 

Beef & Lamb –  More tips to avoid non-conformances

PPP store signage – make sure you have a general warning sign, plus a ‘no smoking’ and ‘no naked flames’ signs displayed next to the store entrance. Here’s an example:

 

Health and Safety Policy – all members need to have one of these. Find out more about this standard here, and download a free template and worked example from the Health and Safety Executive’s website.

 

NRoSO points – make sure your points are up to date by logging on to your NRoSo account.

 

Mass balance calculation – find out about the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and why a mass balance calculation is a requirement here. Download a template here.

 

Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet – More tips to avoid common non-conformances  

Health and Safety Policy – all members need to have one of these. Find out more about this standard here, and download a free template and worked example from the Health and Safety Executive’s website.

 

Housing – check that there are no sharp edges or projections that could harm livestock.

 

Johne’s Disease – make sure an accredited vet has a written plan for managing this disease. Find out more here.

 

Dairy – More tips to avoid common non-conformances

PPP store signage – make sure you have a general warning sign, plus a ‘no smoking’ and ‘no naked flames’ signs displayed next to the store entrance. Here’s an example:

 

NRoSO points – make sure your points are up to date by logging on to your NRoSo account.

 

Pesticide residue testing – if you complete your own testing or rely upon customer tests, make sure you’ve read the relevant standards to check that you are prepared. Where changes to testing frequency are needed, it may not be practical to backfill. If this is the case, a plan to ensure future compliance is needed.

 

First aid training – check that at least one person is trained in first aid, using any training provider that you feel best meets your business needs. We recommend using the St John Ambulance First Aid Calculator to help.

 

Fresh Produce – More tips to avoid common non-conformances 

Enrichment – make sure that enrichment has been provided in farrowing pens to sows and piglets and the right combinations of enrichment types are provided. Find out more about suitable enrichment on the AHDB website.

 

Training – double check that everyone who is responsible for carrying out pig euthanasia has had their competency reassessed by the vet within the past two years, including those who are already signed off as trained and competent.

 

Vermin control – be sure that a quarterly site survey has been done and that any vegetation growing around buildings is controlled. Download a vermin control site survey template here.

 

Find further advice and clarifications on pig standards here. 

 

Pigs –  More tips to avoid common non-conformances

CHICKEN: 

Poultry Passport – make sure you’re using British Poultry Training as your formal route for training for all workers, and all training is up to date.

 

Housing – check that you have a written policy in place for cleaning and disinfecting your bulk feed bin, including a risk assessment.

 

Health and Safety Policy – all members need to have one of these. Find out more about this standard here, and download a free template and worked example from the Health and Safety Executive’s website.

 

Visitors – the criteria for your visitor book has been updated, so make sure everyone who isn’t a permanent member of staff has signed in. Download a Visitor Record template here.

 

Chicken (Breeder Layer) – More tips to avoid common non-conformances   

Chicken (Breeder Replacement) – More tips to avoid common non-conformances

Chicken (Broiler & Poussin) – More tips to avoid common non-conformances 

Chicken (Free Range) – More tips to avoid common non-conformances

Chicken (Hatchery) – More tips to avoid common non-conformances 

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