Farm assurance

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Animal welfare is a key focus of Red Tractor , RSPCA Freedom Food and Soil Association farm assurance schemes, each of which has strict standards for  member farms. 

pigsRed Tractor
An important requirement of the Red Tractor scheme is that Real Welfare assessments of finisher pigs (>50kg) are carried out by a vet belonging to the Pig Veterinary Society  as part of the quarterly vet visits.  This came in on 1 April 2013. 

AssureWel
The Real Welfare project is also working closely with the AssureWel project, which has been introduced to the RSPCA Freedom Food and Soil Association assurance schemes. Both sets of protocols and measures have been developed to be complementary; however, AssureWel includes some additional measures for finishers, plus assessment of sows.  The Real Welfare data will not be shared with Freedom Food or Soil Association, meaning some units will be assessed by both Real Welfare and AssureWel.