Pig producers reminded of eMB data deadline

Pig producers have been cautioned against waiting until the last minute before adding antibiotic usage into their eMB data. 

This comes after Red Tractor added eMB into pig standards for 2017, and gave a deadline of 11 November 2017 to input the usage for quarters two (April-June) and three (July-September) of 2017.

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has been supporting vets and producers in using eMB since its launch in May 2016, and advised that while help was still available, it could be restricted if large volumes of enquiries come in close to the Red Tractor deadline.

Richard Bows, AHDB knowledge exchange manager, said: “We’ve been on lots of units training on eMB and, typically, producers find that inputting the data is pretty quick and straight forward. They love the graphs and seeing where usage can be reviewed. They realise that recording will need to become a routine task under Red Tractor, but see that eMB will definitely aid good business decisions.”

Kate Ward, AHDB Pork’s veterinary manager, said: “We are here to help, but producers are urged to submit their data as early as possible, to ensure they are happy and familiar with the process, giving time for any problems to be resolved before the November deadline.”

As part of the compliance, Red Tractor assessors will need to view the data during inspection visits, so where producers rely on their vet or other third party to enter the data, they have been reminded to keep a printed copy available on-farm.

AHDB Pork has also published an online guide to help producers.

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