New assurance standards – manipulable materials
Red Tractor Assurance Scheme standards for manipulable material for pigs have been changed and will come in on 1 April 2010.
BPEX has produced a short introductory guide to help ensure that you comply with the new standards.
The guide will help assess some of the options depending on the system you have. More information and advice on enrichment toys and manipulable materials will be available from May 2010 and at the British Pig and Poultry Fair.
The revised standards – Red Tractor Farm Assurance, Section AH.1.1 – include the following:
·© Chains alone are not acceptable
·© Tyres are not acceptable as some may contain wire which could hurt the pigs
·© Objects must be shown to be of interest to the pigs – i.e. not fouled
·© Objects must be within the pigs’ reach