Acoura enters partnership with Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Acoura has been appointed by The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) as inspection provider for its Pasture for Life certification scheme.

The certification scheme aims to promote high-quality meat by encouraging farmers to feed livestock solely on grass and forage crops rather than cereal or concentrates. Farmers who meet the criteria set out in the scheme can avail themselves of access to premium market outlets and expert technical knowledge.

The scheme has been in existence since 2011 and there are 45 certified farmers in the UK, accounting for 10,000 hectares of farmland.

Acoura is already working with Red Tractor, Quality Meat Scotland and OF&G.

Tim Bailey, Acoura managing director, said: While Acoura operates across the food and drink supply chain, weve always recognised our agriculture work, particularly within the red meat sector, sits at the heart of our business.

Each year we provide around 16,000 inspections on livestock and dairy farms across the UK. By adding this service to our offering, we can really help reduce hassle to farmers by combining on-site inspections. In addition to this, Im also delighted to be working with the PFLA, as I believe we share a firm commitment to using innovation in an effort to help our customers and strengthen the sector.

New appointment

Acoura also recently strengthened its team with the appointment of Fiona Dargle as head of processing and product assurance.

Formerly head of technical and quality in developing businesses and new food experience at Tesco, Dargle will be assisting Acoura as it extends its traceability, food safety and quality assurance services across the food and drink supply chain.

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