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Union Encourages Engagement with Red Tractor Review

NFU Scotland members urged to respond to standards review

Red Tractor Assurance is undertaking a periodic review of farm assurance standards across multiple sectors and NFU Scotland is urging members to respond.  

The latest review proposes changes to the standards which must be met on dairy, livestock and fresh produce farms which want to market their produce as Red Tractor Farm Assured.

Some proposed changes track amendments to legislation, are in line with new scientific advice or are rationalising standards which are common across multiple sectors.  The intention is to provide improved clarity for bot farmers and assessors.

The Union is encouraging members to respond to the consultation before the deadline of 5 March 2021.  Farmers, crofters, and growers are also being reminded that they can feed in to NFU Scotland to inform the Union’s formal response to the review.  Members can do this by contacting relevant staff, or through elected representatives on NFU Scotland commodity committees.

NFU Scotland Policy Manager Stuart Martin said: “It’s important that the proposed standards for Red Tractor farm assurance are reviewed by farmers, crofters and growers who are best placed to understand the practical implications of the potential changes.

“Quality assurance standards play a vital role in communicating the high production values on Scottish farms and crofts to consumers.  NFU Scotland will produce our own formal response to the proposals, and to do this, we need input from those with practical experience.

“Members are encouraged to respond individually to the Red Tractor consultation, but also to feed in to the NFU Scotland response by contacting relevant officeholders and staff.”    

Notes to editors:

  • Farmers, crofters and growers can respond directly to the Red Tractor 2021 Standards Review at the following address: https://redtractor.citizenspace.com/
  • To assist the process, Red Tractor have created a hub which has supporting documents available for review before submitting your responses. https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/red-tractor-review-2021 
  • Additionally, NFUS is calling on members to give the Union their views on the proposed changes to standards. Responses will be used to compile a formal submission from NFUS to Red Tractor.  To contribute to the NFUS submission, members are asked to submit views to stuart.martin@nfus.org.uk   by Friday 26 February 2021.

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Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 20/21


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