New eMB Red Tractor requirement comes into force tomorrow

From tomorrow (November 11), all Red Tractor pork members will need to have entered data from the second and third quarters of 2017 onto the eMB-Pigs database.

Under changes to scheme rules announced earlier this year, producers are required to upload total antibiotic use to the electronic medicine book on a quarterly basis within six weeks of the end of each quarter.

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 are reminded to keep a printed copy available on farm.

eMB support and advice from AHDB

For helpful resources including videos and a printable user guide go to

If you would like to speak to AHDB about your eMB entry, tel: 0844 335 8400 (Mon-Fri 0900-1700)

Or email: [email protected] (Mon-Fri 0900-1700)

Or use the contact form in Pig Hub

The new eMB-Pigs requirement is one of a number of changes made to the Red Tractor pork rules this autumn, most of which came into force on October 1. For more information click here


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