Red Tractor members will already be aware of the revised standards which came into force on 1st June.
Updated Red Tractor Standards For Beef & Lamb
Beef and lamb members must now have a written annual livestock health and performance review undertaken by their vet, which will include a review of medicine records and of antibiotics used, with recommendations to responsibly reduce antibiotic usage where appropriate. Highest Priority Critically Important Antibiotics must only be used as a last resort under veterinary direction.
Updated Red Tractor Standards For Dairy Farmers
Dairy farmers must provide an annual collation of total antibiotic used for the unit (we can do this for you from our prescription records) and an annual review of antibiotics used must be undertaken by the vet. We have already been working to these standards for a while now, and many of you will have received an antibiotic review as part of your latest annual Herd Health Plan. Again, Highest Priority Critically Important Antibiotics must only be used as a last resort under veterinary direction.
Updated Red Tractor Standards For Beef, Lamb & Dairy
For beef, lamb and dairy, it is recommended that at least one member of staff responsible for administering medicines has undertaken training in the handling and administration of medicines. Scarsdale’s ‘The Whats, Whys, Whens and Hows of Veterinary Medicines’ course fulfils these criteria, and we will be running this course again later this year (as many times as necessary!). For dairy farmers, the MilkSure course also fulfils the criteria.
We’ll help you meet the new standards, but if you have any questions, please do contact us at the surgery.