FABBL expects big farmer sign-up from higher standards
The livestock industry is
signing up to farm
assurance. Rebecca Austin
outlines the aims and
requirements of the main
LAST autumn Farm Assured British Beef and Lamb relaunched itself by announcing it would be using Farm Inspection Services, thereby ensuring farm inspections are both credible and independent.
Now it is working on improving its standards to link with Assured British Meat (see below). These will be launched at the Royal Show and should be operating from the beginning of August, says FABBLs development manager, Tim Green. The following will be included in the new standards:
lRecognition of CIDs.
lIncreasing the requirement for stock to stay on a FABBL farm from 70 to 90 days before marketing.
lThose involved in on-farm production must be competent and be able to show relevant documentation to prove this.
lEnvironmental issues to follow MAFFs soil, air and water guideline.
lDocumented methods on fallen stock disposal.
lClean stock at marketing (should only grade one or two by the Meat Hygiene Service).
lImproved broken needle policy.
lNamed veterinary practice.
lImproved lighting to check housed stock.
"FABBL is critical to ABMs success in getting its message across to the consumer. To achieve this end the main quality assurance schemes will have to co-operate more closely so that their standards are compatible," says Mr Green.
"Joining FABBL is an extra cost for the producer, but it will hopefully mean maintaining markets and there is plenty of evidence most buyers are now only buying farm assured stock."
It follows that Mr Green predicts between 45,000 and 50,000 of the countrys 70,000 cattle producers will have signed up with FABBL in three years time.
FABBL predicts that between 45,000 and 50,000 of the countrys 70,000 cattle producers will have signed up with the scheme in three years time.
• Membership: 24,000 producers.
• Subscription: £85 + VAT new members, £75 + VAT renewals.