Farmers offered workshops on environmental permit issues

Bespoke on-farm workshops to help farm managers and stock-people learn more about their responsibilities under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), particularly how to avoid non-compliances and fines, are being provided by AHDB Pork.

“EPR is designed to reduce pollution from industrial activity by controlling emissions,” said AHDB Pork’s environment and building research coordinator, Susan Rabbich.

“This means that indoor pig keepers with more than 2000 finishing pig places (above 30 kg), or 750 sow places (including served gilts), at a site are required to obtain a permit from the Environment Agency (EA).”

The workshops are therefore geared to help farm managers and workers to understand exactly what having an environmental permit means for their businesses and their team.

“Subjects such as typical permit breaches, site and accident management plans, and how to deal with odour complaints are covered,” said Ms Rabbich (pictured above). “However, no farm situation is the same, so workshops can be tailored to individual farm circumstances.”

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