Red Tractor Assurance requirements change regularly, listed below are some of the new requirements for Dairy farms from October 2019. For more details of all the requirements - redtractor.org.uk/standards or if you are unsure, please speak to your vet during your annual review.
Lameness protocols - mobility scoring should be carried out "All farms must have a lameness management plan" This includes • Mobility scoring protocol • Foot trimming protocol • Footbathing protocol
Management procedures - Routine procedures such as stomach tubing calves should only be carried out by a suitably trained individual "The herd health plan must detail/explain the measures taken to ensure all newborns receive adequate colostrum. The plan must record the person(s) responsible and training they've received"
Administrating Medicine - Updated medicine training is required "At least one person, who is responsible for administering medicines is required to have undertaken training and hold a certificate of competence/attendance from training undertaken since October 2016" Training courses be approved by Red Tractor and cover at least: • Medicine handling • Administration • Medicine storage • Recording requirements • Avoiding residues * Certification is required
Staff training - All staff should receive ongoing skills training "The performance and competence of staff must be regularly reviewed and refresher training implemented as required." "It is recommended that at least one person per site is a member of a scheme that records skills/development /training" Assessments of skills and competency should be documented