Guide to New Standards for Manipulable Material

by 5m Editor
30 March 2010, at 11:30am

UK - Red Tractor Assurance Scheme standards for manipulable material for pigs have been changed and come into force this week on 1 April.

BPEX has produced a short introductory guide to help ensure producers comply with the new standards. The guide will help assess some of the options depending on the production system.

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

More information and advice on enrichment toys and manipulable materials will be available from May 2010 and at the British Pig and Poultry Fair.

You can download the guide by clicking here.