Rodent Control Hub

A free, self-study training course on rodent control is available for farmers via an online hub, ‘Rodent Control on Farms’.  It’s one of several training routes to help farmers who want to become certificated to use professional rodenticide products under new rodenticide stewardship requirements.

The hub also includes a downloadable PDF guide to effective and responsible use of rodenticide bait, from AHDB, which is another alternative route to build the knowledge required for examination.

The content of both the guide and the training course on the rodent control hub is based on a LANTRA course, approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). The hub has been funded by AHDB and developed in partnership with other industry organisations including British Poultry Council, NFU and NFUS.

Rodenticide stewardship

Since 1 October 2016, only rodenticide products with new and legally binding ‘stewardship conditions’ labels, arising from a compulsory re-authorisation process, are available for professional use by farmers.

The supply of these products (also to gamekeepers and professional pest controllers) is governed by the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime. At the point of sale, this requires purchasers to show approved documentation (details below) that demonstrates proof of competence in the use of rodenticides, before being allowed to buy. Reporting to the HSE, the regime is being implemented by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use UK (CRRU).

This means that everyone who wants to buy professional packs of rodenticides to be used outdoors will need to show either an approved certificate of competence or a document showing membership of an approved farm assurance scheme.

Options for farmers
Going forward, farmers have four options. They are:

  1. Possess a certificate - from an approved training programme and awarding organisation confirming professional competence (see training routes diagram below). A free, self-study training course on rodent control is available for farmers via an online hub, ‘Rodent Control on Farms’. It’s one of several training routes to help farmers who want to become certificated to use professional rodenticide products under new rodenticide stewardship requirements. The hub also includes a downloadable PDF guide to effective and responsible use of rodenticide bait from AHDB, which is another alternative route to build the knowledge required for examination. The content of both the guide and the training course on the rodent control hub is based on a LANTRA course, approved by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU). The hub has been funded by AHDB and developed in partnership with other industry organisations including British Poultry Council, NFU and NFUS.

  2. Use a professional pest control contractor - which employs technicians who are themselves in possession of approved certificates.

  3. Be a member of a UK farm assurance scheme - which has among its standards a structured, documented and audited programme of rodent pest management. The www.thinkwildlife.org has an up-to-date list of acceptable farm assurance schemes. Please note: this is an interim measure, which will cease after December 2017 unless the assurance schemes in question bring their standards fully in line with the CRRU Code of Best practice. The schemes are:
    • British Egg Industry Council Code of Practice for Lion Eggs

    • Duck Assurance Scheme:
      • Breeder replacement, breeder layers, hatcheries, table birds, free-range table birds
    • Agricultural Industries Confederation:
      • Compound feeds, combinable crops and animal feeds
    • Red Tractor Farm Assurance:
      • Beef and lamb, dairy, combinable crops and sugar beet, fresh produce, pigs, poultry
    • Quality Meat Scotland:
      • Cattle and sheep, pigs
    • Farm Assured Welsh Livestock:
      • Beef and lamb
    • Scottish Quality Crops

    • Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assurance Scheme:
      • Beef and lamb, cereals
    • Quality British Turkey

    • Laid in Britain
  • The purchase and use of amateur rodenticide products - meaning rodenticides sold in packs of up to 1.5kg.

For more information and access to the free online training, please visit: www.rodentcontrolonfarms.co.uk

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