We had a bit of a tidy for today’s farm assurance inspection. The dairy that buys our milk subscribes to the Red Tractor mark – the farm assurance scheme that shows a food product meets specific animal welfare and quality standards, so it’s important that we meet the criteria.The inspector looked at our animals and facilities, checking the milking parlour for cleanliness for example, and checking our animal health routines. The medicine cupboard was checked to make sure that it is lockable, that the use of drugs is recorded, and that we dispose of empty bottles and used needles safely. During my ten years of organic farming I had to keep records of pretty much every last detail of the way I managed the farm so that organic food is trustworthy. I’m so used to record keeping that today’s inspection passed without a hitch.

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