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Monday 16 July 2018

Almost 10pc of farmers use 'second chance' in new Quality Assurance Scheme

There are definite procedures which must be followed by the inspecting officers.
There are definite procedures which must be followed by the inspecting officers.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Bord Bia has confirmed that some 7,220 farmers have been audited to date for certification in its new Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme.

The new scheme which replaced the BLQAS on April 24 is a close-out based model, which means that you have up to one month to address non-compliances found (if any) during your inspection.

This change gives farmers time to address minor issues without affecting their ability to claim the QA bonus when selling animals in the month after the audit has taken place. 

Farmers have said that ti is important that the scheme recognises practical realities and allows farmers to resolve issues within a reasonable timeframe.

Read also: 14 things beef and sheep farmers should know about Bord Bia's new Quality Assurance Scheme

Bord Bia have confirmed that 705 farmers accounting for just less than 10pc of those audited have used the close-out option.

It also confirmed that just 26 farmers have failed to secure certification since the new scheme came into force representing just less than 1% of those audited.

IFA National Livestock Chairman Angus Woods said feedback from farmers is that the new Bord Bia QA audit close out mechanism is working well.

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He said the close out mechanism is a major step forward and gives farmers the opportunity to correct any non-compliances within a month and remain in the scheme.

In addition, he said the help desk is a positive facility to assist farmers with any close out difficulties. He said over 50,500 farmers are now quality assured under the Bord Bia Beef and Lamb QA scheme.

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