Farmers and growers who are part of the Red Tractor assurance scheme will soon be receiving a new set of farm standards for implementation from October.
Antibiotic use across all livestock sectors has been scrutinised and the strengthened standards aim to help producers reduce and record use in line with best practice advice from RUMA, the alliance for Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture.
Industry and regulatory affairs manager at Red Tractor Philippa Wiltshire said: “We have strengthened standards which have been identified as key areas of reputational risk and addressed industry concerns to keep our members ahead of the game.
“We recognise that our new standards will require changes in farm management for some, but we also know that continuing to invest in a robust farm assurance scheme will keep consumers coming back to Red Tractor assured products.”
Packs containing the new standards and details of some of the most significant changes will be arriving on farms over the next few weeks.