- Separate sheep dispatch dockets for QA and non-QA sheep
All lambs or sheep sold for slaughter as quality assured animals must be resident on a Bord Bia certified farm for a minimum of 42 days prior to slaughter and this must be demonstrated through records.
Sale documents (i.e. dispatch dockets) for sheep / lambs meeting the residency requirement must not include sheep / lambs that do not meet the residency requirement.
4. Animals and related equipment
Tanks for storage of drinking water supplied in the animal housing must be covered and / or protected to prevent contamination.
6 Land Management
- Cattle can only access watercourses at controlled points
- Farm roadways managed to minimise damage to land and pollution
- Fertiliser stored to prevent damage and pollution including from run-off.
7 Specific Management tasks: Bovines
- Disbudding done before 2 weeks or if between 2-4 weeks done by local anaesthetic
- A sire selection policy (either by stock bulls or AI) based on available breeding data must be in place, in order to minimise calving difficulties (particularly for heifers) and to improve the economic performance of the herd.
- Producers must consider whether castration is required to meet market requirements and where it is decided to castrate animals, the following conditions apply:
i. Where castration using a clamp (e.g. Burdizzo) is carried out, it must be completed before 6 months of age or, if older than 6 months, by a veterinary practitioner (see also recommendation R4 with regard to the use of pain relief);
ii. Where castration is carried out using rubber rings, it must only be carried out in the first week of life
8 Specific Management tasks: Ovines
- Producers must consider whether castration / tail docking is required to meet market requirements and where it is decided to castrate / tail dock lambs, the following conditions apply:
i. Where castration is carried out using rubber rings, it must only be carried out in the first week of life.
ii. Where castration is carried out using a clamp / bloodless castrator (e.g. Burdizzo) it must only be done up to 3 months of age or if older by a veterinary practitioner.
- Tail docking (where practised) must be carried out using rubber rings only in the first week of life and sufficient tail must be left to cover the vulva in the female and the anus in males.
9 Animal Health and Welfare
- Comply with BVD regulations
- Cattle producers must dispose of animals considered persistently infected (PI) with BVD virus (those with an initial positive or inconclusive virus result without a subsequent negative re-test) within 5 weeks of the date of the initial test being carried out.
- All animals suspected or considered to be PI must be isolated (with their dam if necessary) to minimize the risk of transmission of infection to other animals (particularly those in calf) in their own and neighbouring herds.
- For Sheep: access to a functional sheep handling facility that facilitates foot treatment is required.
- Purchased stock monitored for 1 month
- Animal Mortality and significant animal health events monitored
10 Biosecurity and Pest Control
- Only officially approved pest control products used
- Product labels/data sheets available for each rodenticide
- Measures in place to minimise insect infestation in feed storage and handling facilities
Mechanical, electrical and automated equipment maintained to ensure effective operation
- Slurry/manure imports recorded
- Burning of plastics prohibited
- Tree felling licenced obtained where required
13 Farm Personnel: Health, Safety and Social Sustainability
- Appropriate PPE for handling hazardous materials
- Aware when a farm accident must be reported to the HAS
- Plan in place for dealing with emergencies
- Means of fire control
- Only pesticides registered with DAFM and bearing a current PCS Number or IE-BPA Number must be present on the farm.
- Pesticides must only be used for the purpose for which they have been authorised and in accordance with the label instructions.
- Pesticides must be handled in accordance with safe.
- When not in use, pesticides must be stored securely in a dedicated Pesticide Store, in their original packaging or container (see Appendix 15 - Handling and Storage of Pesticides).
- Any person applying professional use14 pesticides on farm must be registered with DAFM as a Professional User. As of 26th November 2016, all blast and orchard sprayers and all boom sprayers with a boom width of >3m (and older than 5 years) must be inspected and certified by a registered DAFM inspector before it can be used for the application of professional use PPPs. Proof of certification must be available.
- Empty chemical containers must be managed in accordance with DAFM / EPA Good Practice Guide for Empty Pesticide Containers i.e., triple rinse, puncture and store safely pending disposal.
- There must be a safe disposal method for rinsate from application equipment and / or surplus spray mix (i.e. on untreated crop or designated fallow ground and where permitted).
- Products that have been withdrawn from the market (expired or revoked) should be used up within the allowed time period and thereafter must be controlled pending disposal as hazardous waste.