Pig producers offered environmental training

Pig farm managers are being offered the opportunity to benefit from workshops tailored to educate them about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). 

Delivered by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Pork division, the workshops will discuss how the EPR – formerly Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPCC) – aim to reduce pollution from industrial activity by controlling emissions.

“This means that indoor pig keepers with more than 2,000 finishing pig places (above 30kg), or 750 sow places (including served gilts), at a site are required to obtain a permit from the Environment Agency (EA),” said Susan Rabbich, AHDB Pork’s environment and building project manager.

Health and safety and environmental manager at Cranswick, Robin Simon, said that the training was “valuable”.

“The session covered subjects such as typical permit breaches, site and accident management plans and how to deal with odour complaints,” said Simon. “However, it was made clear that no farm situation is the same, and discussion points were tailored to specific units.

“A couple of our units already have permits but the training was really valuable to help farm managers and workers understand exactly what having an environmental permit means for the business and the wider team.

“The team members who took part in the training have told me that they better understand how day-to-day activities can make a difference to how well the farm is complying with its permit.

“I’d really recommend the training to others as it really helps focus attention in certain areas of the business.”

For more information on how to arrange an on-farm workshop, contact Susan Rabbich by emailing Susan.Rabbich@ahdb.org.uk or phoning 0247 647 8798

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