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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:

SITE MANAGEMENT AND CONSTRUCTION

MK.MC.1 Key

Standards

The site must be well managed clean, tidy and vermin-free (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.1.a

There is no accumulated rubbish on site, including field lairage, and no redundant equipment stored in the public access or livestock areas.

MK.MC.2 Key

Standards

There must be effective control of vermin (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.2.a

A site survey for vermin control is completed at least quarterly.

MK.MC.2.b

Dead/trapped vermin are disposed of.

Site survey

MK.MC.3

Standards

Toxic bait must be used responsibly (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.3.a

An Environmental Risk Assessment is undertaken before bait is laid.

MK.MC.3.b

Where baits are used, a bait plan identifies location of bait points, bait used, bait point inspection and replenishment dates. The plan includes how non-target animals are prevented from accessing bait and how bait is kept away from feed and forage stores.

MK.MC.3.c

Baits are only sited where evidence shows they are being continuously effective.
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Bait plan, including a map of bait points and any feed or forage stores

MK.MC.4

Standards

Systems are in place to ensure that those delivering livestock have an awareness of arrival and unloading procedures

How you will be measured

MK.MC.4.a

Signs indicate unloading and loading bays.

MK.MC.5

Standards

All livestock facilities are suitably designed, maintained and constructed

How you will be measured

MK.MC.5.a

The unloading and loading facilities are designed to minimise the risk of slipping, falling or injury. - slope angles of less than 20o for pigs and calves. - slope angles less than 26.6o for cattle and sheep

MK.MC.5.b

Gates at the unloading and loading facilities are suitable for a range of vehicles to reduce the risk of escape.

MK.MC.5.c

Floors are washable and non-slip, with absorbent materials used if surfaces become slippery.

MK.MC.5.d

Loading areas, walkways and pens are appropriately lit to allow inspection and effective handling.

MK.MC.5.e

Areas or pens used for overnight lairage meet the requirements outlined in these standards i.e. feed/water.

MK.MC.5.f

If livestock are kept overnight, a period of low-level lighting or darkness is provided to allow rest.* Note if livestock is collected through the night, light levels may be increased for Health and Safety and to aid livestock movement.

MK.MC.5.g

A visual check of the facilities used for livestock is carried out by a competent member of site personnel prior to the gathering.

MK.MC.6

Standards

Walkways and rings must be designed and constructed to allow animals to move freely in the required direction

MK.MC.7

Standards

Pens are well-ventilated

How you will be measured

MK.MC.7.a

No build-up of odours, temperature, or humidity.

MK.MC.7.b

Any mechanical system is serviced at least annually.

Maintenance records

MK.MC.8

Standards

Handling facilities, such as crush, crate or race, for checking identification or veterinary inspection are always available, well-maintained and designed to ensure no injuries to animals or personnel (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.8.a

The handling facilities are appropriately lit, to allow inspection and effective handling.

MK.MC.9

Standards

Livestock must be kept in conditions that provide appropriate thermal conditions

How you will be measured

MK.MC.9.a

Covered areas are provided for pregnant or lactating cows and piglets, calves and lambs.

MK.MC.9.b

Siting of pens account for risks of heat and cold stress.

MK.MC.10

Standards

Field lairages must be equipped with appropriate facilities to deliver welfare needs

How you will be measured

MK.MC.10.a

They provide livestock with protection from adverse weather conditions i.e. hedges, trees etc. provide shade to livestock in hot weather and provide shelter in cold weather.

MK.MC.10.b

The perimeter is stock proof fenced and there is clear separation between livestock on the site and non-livestock.

MK.MC.11

Standards

An isolation pen must be always available for sick or injured livestock (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.11.a

The isolation pen has solid sides, and prevents leakage of urine and faeces to other pen.

MK.MC.11.c

Signs used to identify temporary areas being used to isolate an animal.

MK.MC.12

Standards

Milking equipment must be maintained and tested annually

Milking machine annual test report

MK.MC.13

Standards

For the livestock facilities, records are kept of any issue that could impact welfare and how the issue was dealt with before the next gathering (Revised)

Maintenance records

MK.MC.14

Standards

Dedicated, functioning washing equipment available for the site

How you will be measured

MK.MC.14.a

Equipment is fit for purpose and capable of reaching all parts of the site.

MK.MC.14.b

A supply of water, at a suitable pressure or temperature to enable effective cleansing, is constantly available.

Contingency plan for interrupted water supply

MK.MC.15

Standards

Facilities are available for effective cleansing and disinfecting of delivery vehicles (Revised)

How you will be measured

MK.MC.15.a

Vehicle wash is available and useable whenever the site is in operation with suitable equipment.

MK.MC.15.b

The wash facility is well-managed and maintained.

MK.MC.15.c

The wash facility is of suitable design, e.g. hard-standing or on a gradient, to allow effective cleansing of vehicles, with lighting.

MK.MC.15.d

A supply of water (mains or borehole) is available for use at the wash facility.

MK.MC.15.e

Approved disinfectant for the species handled are available for use at the vehicle wash.

MK.MC.15.f

Contact details available to report problems.
  • Chemical datasheets
  • Dilution rates