COVID-19 Update

Under the current circumstances we have introduced homeworking.Under the current circumstances we have introduced homeworking.

If you have any derogation requests or queries with the requirements of the Standards then pleasewhere possible email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lorna or Nicola directly.

If you are unable to email then please telephone 01970 636688 and leave a clear answerphone messagegiving your name, telephone number and your organic registration number or FAWL number and we willcall you back.

We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible (week days only).

On farm inspections are currently cancelled. Those of you with Certificates expiring within the next fewmonths will receive temporary Certificates by email. We will be reviewing our inspection procedures on a regular basis as we receive guidance from Defra and will keep you informed via our website and by email.

We hope you and your families remain safe and well during this difficult time.

March 24th 2020

 

WELSH LAMB AND BEEF PRODUCERS LTD

Farm Assurance Inspections Update in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak

Given the unprecedented and exceptional circumstances and based on latest government advice and recommendations WLBP firmly believes that every effort should be made to safeguard the health, wellbeing and safety of our WLBP farm assured members, our assessors and staff. WLBP has therefore decided that physical on-farm assessments will be deferred on a rolling basis for a period of 3 months commencing from 5.00pm on Thursday March 19th 2020.

The Farm Assurance schemes will continue to operate during this deferral period and members’ assured status will continue to be certified on the existing terms of members scheme participation. This action is line with guidelines published by the United Kingdom Accreditation Scheme (UKAS) for the delivery and management of extraordinary events and circumstances.

We are exploring options for various forms of remote assessments to be delivered on a risk basis approach. More details will be communicated to our members as and when such arrangements can be introduced.

The Welsh red meat, dairy and organic industry’s are of critical importance to the Welsh rural economy and this current COVID-19 outbreak highlights the absolute importance of the domestic food supply chain and the significant effort of farmers and food producers to keep the nation fed at these very difficult times.

WLBP has over 7,500 active scheme members who, are despite their own risks, working hard to maintain those important food supply chains. WLBP and its staff will do all it can to support the industry in this effort whilst minimising the spread of infection by not exposing individuals to any unnecessary risks through face to face farm assessments.

March 19 2020

Seed Derogation

For 2020 only the percentage of organic seed within grass and forage seed mixes has changed, due to a shortage of seed caused by the 2018 drought.

Derogation required prior to purchase

Derogation before inspection 

No derogation required

Less than 50% organic grass & forage mixes

50% - 99% organic grass and forage seed mixes

100% Organic Seed

Less than 70% organic arable silage and wholecrop mixes

70% - 99% organic arable silage and forage seed mixes

 

100 % non-organic seed

 

 

Seed mixes to be sown during 2021 must contain a minimum of 70% organic seed, even if purchased in 2020.