Is Red tractor detrimental to your mental health

Is Red Tractor detrimental to your mental health

  • Yes, Red tractor increase my stress and anxiety

    Votes: 282 98.3%
  • No, Red tractor gives me peace of mind that the product I produce is safe to enter the food chain

    Votes: 5 1.7%

  • Total voters
    287

Humble Village Farmer

Member
NFFN Member
Location
Cb97ej
Of course it does. They have complete control over whether I can stay in business or not.

So I pay into their little schemes like nroso and a "special fee" to nsts to register my sprayer test (you have to pay this fee; your sprayer man's word is not good enough, apparently) because I can't sell my stuff without it.

I try not to think about it because it's the sort of thing that makes me very angry.
 

Grass And Grain

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Yorks
It's horrendously stressful.

The worry is they can shut you down and you can't then sell any of your produce. They've worked to capture all the market imho.

Having a full year of production costs, then not been able to sell is a huge worry. Sleepless nights before the RT inspection. Must be awful if milk producer.

I often sell grain forward, contract says must be RT, and I sell on presumption I'll pass my RT inspection. What if I don't.

From what people say on here, each inspector interprets rules slightly differently.

Wouldn't be so bad if there was some choice, but all those involved like AHDB, NFU etc want only one scheme, so there's no competition.
 

Grass And Grain

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Yorks
Every other industry is regulated... construction/factory/roadbuilding/banking/pharmaceuticals/healthcare



QC .... Quality Control.....It's the way of the 21st world nowadays
Not required of grain imports. And NFU are going to do nothing about it. Why? Because they own Red Tractor!

And check out imported meat QA. Fraction of RT rules, yet sit on same supermarket shelf.

Then there's failed RT grain in a central store, mixed with a few thousand other tonnes. Surely the QA scheme will now mark down the whole bulk as non-assured won't it? No it doesn't, because that's too expensive! So, now, how good is this QA which is the way of the world?
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
See me thread from earlier this week


I know that some sort of assurance scheme is needed. However the pressure all of things brings is not good for anyone. I have posted before of the threatening letter I had from Nroso because I didn’t quite make my points (during covid) and how it is totally unnecessary to threaten someone with not being able to market their crop because of a CPD point or 2. As far as I can see the industry is on the brink of a mental health crisis, last weeks weekly had an article mental health and I know I tick most of the boxes regarding having potential issues.

The inspection industry needs to take note of the pressure farmers are under and recognise that they cause unnecessary stress. Read the comments from @Two Tone in my link. Generally farms are small businesses which is a struggle, days off and holiday can be unpredictable at best. The guys sat at a desk deciding whether I need a contingency plan for Activist Activity would only work a 5 day week. I don’t think many on TFF will have many days off in August. Certainly not here as my dairy staff are all having holidays over the next few weeks.

At the very least, no notice inspections ( this does happen with some of the dairy contracts) should be banned. At the very least there should be 2 weeks notice, farmers should not be pressured to have an inspection because the inspector is running late. 28 days to fix should be 56.

I know this won’t happen, but we do need to speak out.

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Humble Village Farmer

Member
NFFN Member
Location
Cb97ej
We have legal rules to abide too rt adds more nonsense legal requirement fir sprayer mot 3 yrs rt want 1 for example
I don't really object to the expense of having my sprayer looked at; it's the fees charged by nsts that inflates the cost that really gets my goat.

Classic example, if your nroso has expired at the time of inspection by the ridiculous tractor, your grain is unsafe and can't be sold. Pay the £35 to nroso and hey presto your grain is truly safe and just what the market wants, only not so much they will pay you anything as extravagant as a premium. Don't talk such rubbish.
 

Still Farming

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
South Wales UK
I don't really object to the expense of having my sprayer looked at; it's the fees charged by nsts that inflates the cost that really gets my goat.

Classic example, if your nroso has expired at the time of inspection by the ridiculous tractor, your grain is unsafe and can't be sold. Pay the £35 to nroso and hey presto your grain is truly safe and just what the market wants, only not so much they will pay you anything as extravagant as a premium. Don't talk such rubbish.
Plus the new Gov. Chemical legislation register.
Why can't the Government do it all together instead of layer after layer of the same thing?
 

Is Red tractor detrimental to your mental health?

  • Yes, Red tractor increase my stress and anxiety

    Votes: 282 98.3%
  • No, Red tractor gives me peace of mind that the product I produce is safe to enter the food chain

    Votes: 5 1.7%

HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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