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TRACEABILITY AND ASSURANCE

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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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TRACEABILITY AND ASSURANCE

PG.TI.1 Key

Standards

Pigs must be identified appropriately. (Revised)

How you will be measured

PG.TI.1.a

Pigs of any age moving off a holding to a market, a slaughterhouse, a show, for breeding purposes¥ or for export are identified with at least one of the following: - legible slapmark(s)* - metal and/or plastic heat- and tamper-resistant eartag, printed or stamped with the herdmark and prefixed with the letters ‘UK’- tattoo of the herdmark on one ear

PG.TI.1.b

Means of identification includes a unique identification number for the individual pig if moving:- to a show- for breeding purposes¥- for export

PG.TI.1.c

Means of identification includes ‘UK-GB’ when exporting pigs from a holding in GB; ’UK’ for export from a holding in Northern Ireland.

PG.TI.1.d

Pigs imported from outside the EU are identified with the destination farm’s herdmark and relevant statutory letters (UK and F), within 30 days of arrival.

PG.TI.1.1

Standards

Slapmarkers/tattoo equipment must be kept clean and in serviceable condition.

How you will be measured

PG.TI.1.1.a

Tattoo equipment is clean with all needles present and straight and characters in the correct order and orientation.

PG.TI.2 Key

Standards

Records of pig movements must be accurately kept to maintain traceability. (Revised)

How you will be measured

PG.TI.2.a

Movements of pigs are notified to the relevant authority, where applicable.

PG.TI.2.b

A record is kept of every movement of pigs to or from the premises, detailing:- date of the movement- herdmark(s) of the pigs moved (including unique individual identification number if applicable)- number of pigs moved- details of the origin premises - details of the destination premises

PG.TI.2.c

Movement records are kept for at least 3 years.

Movement records (e.g. on eAML2 or ScotEID, copies of movement documents/haulier summary, or other records).

PG.TI.3 Key

Standards

Livestock must be accompanied by the required movement and delivery information.

How you will be measured

PG.TI.3.a

Pigs in transit are accompanied by a haulier summary/movement document where required.

PG.TI.3.b

Food Chain Information (FCI) is sent to the receiving abattoir with each consignment of pigs to slaughter.

PG.TI.4 Key

Standards

Movement restrictions are strictly observed. (Revised)

How you will be measured

PG.TI.4.a

Pigs trigger a 20-day standstill on other pigs when they move onto a premises. Cattle, sheep and goats trigger a 6-day standstill on pigs when they move onto a premises. The exceptions to standstill requirements are:- pigs moving directly to an abattoir, or via a market or collection centre for immediate slaughter- pigs intended for breeding or growing moving among Defra-approved holdings within a supply chain ‘pyramid’- pigs moving directly to export or, via a quarantine or Assembly Centre prior to export (must comply with residency requirements)- all pig movements in Northern Ireland

APHA standstill exemption approval document/licence (for pyramid movements)

PG.TI.5 Key

Standards

Controls must be in place to ensure assurance status of livestock and semen being sold as assured. (Revised)

How you will be measured

PG.TI.5.a

Pigs and semen are only sourced from sites assured under the Red Tractor or QMS Pigs Scheme, or any other scheme as may be approved from time to time.

PG.TI.5.b

No pigs are purchased from live auction markets.

PG.TI.5.c

A written derogation from Red Tractor must be sought in advance of intake of any consignment of non-assured breeding stock or semen.

PG.TI.5.d

In order to retain their assured status, stock are transported by members of a recognised livestock transport assurance scheme.

PG.TI.5.e

Pigs can only move through a market or collection centre that is Red Tractor Assured for Pigs and only when moving directly to slaughter after.

PG.TI.5.f

Pigs may only move to a show if they are moving directly to slaughter after.

PG.TI.5.g

There are no non-assured pigs on the unit.

PG.TI.5.h

Assured sites supplying semen or breeding stock include the source site’s RT number on delivery information.

PG.TI.5.i

Assured sites supplying semen or breeding stock to Red Tractor assured farms notify their customers within two working days in the event of their certificate being suspended or withdrawn.
  • Written derogation(s) from Red Tractor for non-assured stock/semen
  • Semen delivery notes
  • Evidence of notification to customers of suspension/withdrawal

PG.TI.5.1

Standards

It is recommended that the assurance status of source farms is verified using Red Tractor Checkers and Services no more than 72 hours before intake of any pigs. (New)

Evidence of assurance status checks

PG.TI.6

Standards

Importation of breeding stock and/or semen from outside the UK must be done in accordance with the NPA Imports Protocol.

How you will be measured

PG.TI.6.a

There is a signed veterinary statement, from the vet responsible for the unit importing the stock/semen, confirming that the NPA Imports Protocol (or other similar protocol deemed equivalent by Red Tractor) has been complied with.

Signed veterinary statement

PG.TI.7

Standards

Records must be kept of all breeding stock and semen suppliers.

How you will be measured

PG.TI.7.a

Records include details of supplying farm:- name- address- postcode- assurance number (unless non-assured)

PG.TI.7.b

Breeding stock records are kept for 6 years.

Breeding stock/semen records