Environmental permit workshops offered by AHDB Pork

On-farm workshops designed to help producers avoid falling foul of non-compliance issues related to their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), are begin offered by AHDB Pork.

“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 AHDB Pork’s environment and building project manager, Susan Rabbich (pictured above).

She has already set up a bespoke workshop for the team at Wayland Farms, in cooperation with Cranswick’s health and safety and environmental manager, Robin Simon.

“The session covered typical permit breaches, site and accident management plans and how to deal with odour complaints,” he said. “However, it was made clear that no farm situation is the same, with the discussion points being 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 Wayland Farms training commented that they now have a better understanding of how day-to-day activities can make a difference to how well the farm complies with its permit.

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

For more information contact Ms Rabbich at AHDB Pork

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