UK Pig Industry Welfare Training platform

Everyone involved in the care, moving, and handling of pigs will soon need to complete online welfare training as part of Red Tractor standards.

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The training was developed by AHDB and the wider industry to ensure a consistent and high level of welfare across the pig industry and demonstrate to consumers that we are a responsible industry that takes the care and welfare of our livestock seriously. It is also an excellent refresher tool for those experienced with handling pigs and a great way to upskill new entrants.

Frequently asked questions

When will the welfare training platform be available?

The platform is being finalised and will be available from 1 March 2022. When the training is live, we will let you know via social media, our website and Pork Weekly e-newsletter, as well as through industry press.

How do I access the training?

You can register and log in at: ahdbpork.vbms.co.uk/store

Will there be a business login or will each person need to register?

Everyone will need their own login details.

How long will it take to complete the training?

The moving and handling module will take 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete, however, you can pause and save your progress as you go along.

Is there a charge to complete the training?

The training will be for free for the first six months following its launch, after which there will be a charge of £10 per delegate per module to complete the training, which will fund the upkeep of the website and any revisions required to the course in the future.

When does the training need to be completed by?

Red Tractor members will need to complete the training within three months of the module being launched.

Will I get a certificate?

When you complete the training, you will receive a digital certificate that can be saved for Red Tractor audits and uploaded to PigPro, the industry’s online training record.

Who was involved in developing the training?

The welfare training platform was developed in collaboration with Red Tractor, the National Pig Association (NPA), the Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) and the Pig Health and Welfare Council.

I have more questions, how can I get in touch?

If you have questions about the Red Tractor standards, you can find more information and contact details on their website.

If you have questions about the training platform, contact your regional knowledge exchange (KE) manager or Jen Waters, Head of KE.

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Jen Waters

Head of Knowledge Exchange - Pork

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