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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

FEED AND WATER

L.FW.1 Key

Standards

Livestock must be provided with sufficient feed.

How you will be measured

L.FW.1.a

The diet is adequate to maintain rumen function and suitable to the production status and body condition of the animal.

L.FW.1.1

Standards

A system is in place to ensure newborn calves/lambs receive sufficient, suitable colostrum. (Revised)

How you will be measured

L.FW.1.1.a

The Health Plan clearly shows there is a system in place to ensure that sufficient colostrum is received as soon as possible after birth, but within 6 hours.

L.FW.1.1.b

Alternative sources of colostrum (fresh/frozen/artificial) are available in the event of the dam not being able to produce.

Health Plan

L.FW.2

Standards

All livestock must be provided with sufficient access to feed. (Revised)

How you will be measured

L.FW.2.a

There is enough feeding space per animal - dependent on the system of feeding.See Appendix for recommended space allowances.

L.FW.2.b

Feeding systems inc. automatic feeders are checked at least daily to ensure they are working and clean.

L.FW.3 Key

Standards

All livestock must be provided with adequate access to a supply of fresh, clean drinking water. (Revised)

How you will be measured

L.FW.3.a

The water supply is sufficient to cover times of peak demand e.g. during hot weather/lactation, and there is sufficient trough space/drinkers for the number of livestock.

L.FW.3.b

Water is easily accessible to livestock and troughs do not obstruct walkways and feeding areas and do not have the potential to cause injury to livestock.

L.FW.3.c

Water troughs are kept clean.

L.FW.3.d

Provision is made to ensure an emergency supply of suitable drinking water can be supplied if normal supplies were to fail.

L.FW.3.e

Grazing livestock have access to water, regardless of crop being grazed.

L.FW.4 Key

Standards

Feed must be suitable.

How you will be measured

L.FW.4.a

Feed is not stale or contaminated.

L.FW.4.b

Only feed materials and additives permitted by the Scheme and UK law are used.

L.FW.4.c

The composition of all purchased and home mixed feed is known.

L.FW.4.d

Materials produced by Anaerobic Digesters are prohibited for animal feed.

L.FW.4.e

Injurious weeds (e.g. ragwort) that livestock have access to are controlled.

L.FW.4.f

No non-permitted materials are used specifically: - no antibiotic or hormonal growth promoters - no animal products or by-products (mammalian, avian or fish) with the exception of fish oils and milk products - no rejected food that contain meats or have been in contact with meat (including bakery)- no catering waste, including used cooking oils

L.FW.5

Standards

Bought-in feed must be from an assured source or in specific circumstances with a warranty declaration.

How you will be measured

L.FW.5.a

Compounds and blended feed are UFAS, or equivalent.

L.FW.5.b

Bagged or sealed compounded or blended feed, minerals, mineral blocks/licks (except for rock salt), supplements and milk replacers are from a UFAS merchant or from a non-UFAS merchant by a UFAS, or equivalent, compounder.

L.FW.5.c

Straights from a merchant, processed food by-products and co-products from the biofuels industry are UFAS, FEMAS, or equivalent.

L.FW.5.d

The following materials are sourced with a completed warranty declaration: - farm-to-farm supplies of any feeds unexpectedly in surplus - hay and/or silage supplied via forage merchants - roots and vegetable/fruit which have not been processed beyond basic grading and washing

Warranty declaration

L.FW.5.1

Standards

When sourcing cereals, fruit or vegetables from another farm it is recommended that the supplying farm is a member of a farm assurance scheme.

How you will be measured

L.FW.5.1.a

Cereals from an assured combinable crops farm accompanied by a grain passport.

L.FW.5.1.b

Fruit and vegetables from an assured fresh produce farm accompanied by a warranty declaration.

L.FW.6

Standards

Records of all feedstuffs purchased must be kept.

How you will be measured

L.FW.6.a

Feed records detail:- supplier name- feed type including ingredient composition- date of delivery- quantity- load or batch number

L.FW.6.b

Records are kept for 2 years.

Feed delivery documents/invoices/warranty declarations/grain passports/own records

L.FW.7

Standards

When mixing two or more feed materials together records must be kept.

How you will be measured

L.FW.7.a

For total mixed rations (TMR) that incorporate forages or moist feeds produced on a daily basis, produce a record of the ingredients and quantities and update it when the mix changes.

L.FW.7.b

For home mixed compounds, meals or blends based on dry feed ingredients records of every batch mixed are kept detailing ingredients, quantities, mixing dates.

Home-mixing records

L.FW.8

Standards

When the mix formulation changes samples must be kept.

How you will be measured

L.FW.8.a

Samples of dry feed ingredients (over 3% inclusion) are kept.

L.FW.8.b

For dry mixes, samples of finished feed mix are kept.

L.FW.8.c

Samples are kept for a minimum of four weeks after last use.

L.FW.8.d

Samples are:- representative (small samples from several different points)- of adequate quantity (approx. 0.5 kg)- free from contamination- identifiable (labelled with feed details and date)- stored in a cool, dry area

L.FW.9

Standards

If mixing using ‘pre-mixtures’, ‘additives’ or medicated feeds you must have Local Authority approval and meet any associated obligations.

How you will be measured

L.FW.9.a

The site has Local Authority Approval.

L.FW.9.b

There is a HACCP system in place.

L.FW.9.c

There is a Quality Control Plan in place.

L.FW.9.d

Additional approval from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is in place if medicated feeds are being incorporated.
  • Local authority approval
  • HACCP
  • Quality Control Plan
  • VMD approval

L.FW.10

Standards

Mobile feed mixing contractors must be suitably certified.

How you will be measured

L.FW.10.a

Contractors certified to the NAAC Assured Land Based Contractor Mobile Feed Mixing and Processing scheme, or scheme deemed equivalent by Red Tractor.

Contractors’ NAAC registration number

L.FW.11

Standards

Controls must be in place to minimise the risk of contamination of feeds by machinery and equipment.

How you will be measured

L.FW.11.a

All feeding and mixing equipment and lorries/trailers/feed boxes/buckets used for transporting feed are maintained in a clean condition and are suitable for purpose.

L.FW.12 Key

Standards

Feed must be stored in a manner which minimises the risk of contamination. (Revised)

How you will be measured

L.FW.12.a

Storage facilities protect against feed contamination by domestic animals, wildlife and vermin.

L.FW.12.b

Storage facilities for dry feed are weatherproof.

L.FW.12.c

In loose feed storage areas lighting is covered unless shatterproof bulbs are used.

L.FW.12.d

Risk of cross-contamination is minimised by ensuring feed is readily identifiable and keeping different feeds separate.