Red Tractor

Red Tractor Consultation

 The Red Tractor has been working closely with farming organisations, farmers, vets, processors and retailers over the last 12 months to drive its standards at every stage of the food chain. They are addressing changes in legislation and best practices to reflect emerging issues on consumer’s minds. 

They have opened a consultation over the next version of its standards across the sectors in which it operates, including poultry production. You can have your say here.

The updated standards will be from the 1st November 2021. One of the proposed changes for the UK farms is that each site will need to nominate a welfare officer. We at OPTIfarm can be your nominated welfare officer, or alternatively, assist your current welfare officer to cover all farms, update policies and evaluate the birds every 90 minutes, 24/7.

We have developed the worlds first welfare dashboard, giving you a unique way of establishing a welfare assessment in real-time. By linking productivity and welfare it is possible for us to support your sustainability commitments.


Proposed changes for November

  • Heat stress. The need for a heat stress policy and plan has been a requirement for poultry farms since 2017. But it is proposed that, in the event of bird losses because of heat stress, that plan is reviewed.
  • Lighting levels will need to be evaluated at bird level for every crop, to ensure they align with minimum requirements.
  • Bulk feed disinfection will become a separate audit point from existing cleaning and disinfection requirements.
  • It has been proposed that there is a minimum five-day turnaround between poultry flocks. Where this is not possible – for example, because of a factory breakdown – farmers will need to demonstrate what they have done to address the shorter turnaround period.
  • Multi-age sites will have to give more detail on how they operate, showing how entrances and staff are managed across the farm complex.
  • Each site will need to nominate a Welfare Officer.
  • Free-range producers will need to use a slower-growing breed.