Farmers urged to respond to Red Tractor consultation

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The NFU is urging farmers across Yorkshire and the North East to get involved in the wide-ranging consultation on the future development of the Red Tractor assurance scheme.

Launched on 5 January by Red Tractor Assurance, the consultation comes at a critical time for British food standards and explores how standards could look in the future across various farming sectors.

In response, the NFU is calling for all farmer and grower members to contribute and ensure they have their say. Farmers can respond individually through Red Tractor’s online consultation hub, but the NFU is also giving North East and Yorkshire farmers the chance to feed in collectively through a series of online meetings starting next week.

“It is vital that our food standards, covering animal welfare, food safety and environmental protection, meets farmers’ needs and public aspirations,” said North East regional director, Adam Bedford.

“To achieve the best possible framework - that will govern on-farm practices for many years to come – it’s crucial that individual farmers get involved and comment in detail on the proposals.”

The schedule of online meetings, open to all NFU members, will get underway on Tuesday 26 January, when livestock farmers are invited to attend and hear from Red Tractor beef and lamb technical manager, Jemma Holden.

The five meetings planned for livestock, dairy, arable and poultry farmers plus horticultural growers are set out below:


Tuesday 26 January @ 10.30am

Speaker: Jemma Holden, Red Tractor Beef and Lamb Technical Manager


Thursday 28 January @ 1.00pm

Speaker: Jemma Holden, Red Tractor Beef and Lamb Technical Manager


Wednesday 3 February @ 12.30pm

Speaker: Cath Lehane, Red Tractor Crops Technical Manager


Tuesday 2 February @ 12.30pm

Speaker: Simon Thorpe, Red Tractor Fresh Produce Technical Manager


Thursday 28 January @ 3.00pm or Tuesday 2 February @ 10.00am

Speaker: Sophie Elwes, Red Tractor Poultry Technical Manager

Any North East NFU members interested in registering can email us or call 01904 451550.