Updates to Game Farm Standards January 2022

Hatching, Rearing, Breeding Standards Updated

Sam Phillips, the new Development Officer for Wales and the Midlands at the BGA said,

“I am delighted to have started my new role as a Development Officer with British Game Assurance. I was a game farmer, I’m still a gamekeeper, and I came to work for BGA because I think assurance is vital to the future of both parts of our sector. Game Farmers have a very important role to play as they are the beginning of the game shooting process, if you start off right with assurance it leads the way for others to follow. The revised Standards have been reviewed by vets and game farmers, and we are here to help all game farmers get themselves assured to raise standards and protect our livelihoods.”

Please feel free to contact Sam with any queries regarding the below.

 

Throughout the Breeding, Hatching, Rearing Standards

  • Update of British Game Assurance name
  • Removal of Lloyds Register and insertion of SAI Global Ltd
  • Removal of colour coding system, leaving only yellow as recommendations
  • 2.1  – Guidance updated from: 
    • For specific tasks related directly to bird welfare or bird health specific training and assessment of competence must be provided by the vet. A written declaration of competence must be provided by the vet. 
    • To: For specific tasks related directly to bird welfare or bird health specific training and assessment of competence must be provided by a nominated qualified person, who in turn is deemed competent by the vet. A written declaration of competence must be provided by the vet.

 

Hatching

2.5 Certification Decision 

All non-conformances against the standards must be rectified within an agreed timescale of 28 days for minor non-compliances.

The scheme licensee will be notified of the audit outcome. The possible decisions are as follows:

  • Full ongoing approval: no non-compliances highlighted during the audit.
  • Conditional ongoing approval: participant approval is maintained pending the completion of corrective action to address any non-compliance(s) within the given timescale e.g. 28 days. Participants will be required to supply evidence to the SAI Global office that non-compliance(s) have been rectified and this can be in the form of photos, copies of records/invoices and declarations. Where SAI Global® has not received adequate evidence of corrective action by 28-days after the assessment, SAI Global® will then chase the member. Failure to do so will result in a suspension for a maximum of 90 days. If adequate corrective action is received within the 90-day period, the member will be ‘Approved’. Where SAI Global® have not received adequate evidence of corrective action during the 90-day suspension period the membership will be withdrawn, they will be advised in writing that they will be withdrawn from the scheme and their registration becomes invalid. If they wish to rejoin the scheme, they will need to re-register with the scheme and pay for a new audit prior to regaining approval.
  • Major non-compliance: The participant will be suspended until rectification of the major non-compliance has been successful. Where the participant has been suspended and failed to undertake the required actions within the permitted time scale of 3 months, (unless otherwise agreed) will result in withdrawal of Scheme Membership. After this, if they wish to rejoin the scheme they will need to re-register and pay for a new audit and successfully comply with scheme requirements prior to regaining approval.

8.1 Guidance added:

  • It is very rare that day old chicks will require medication but if they do please see below.

9.5

  • All equipment used in the culling and killing of birds must be inspected daily by trained operators to ensure that it is working effectively. 
  • Updated to: All equipment used in the culling and killing of birds must be inspected prior to each hatch by trained operators to ensure that it is working effectively.
  • Guidance added: Please see Appendix 6 

 

Rearing

2.5 – As per hatching

Updated from birds aged 48 hours to 24 hours 

5.10 Updated from

  • Minimum 1.5cm perch space per pheasant, no perches are required for partridges or ducks.
  • Perches should be available installed from 2.5 weeks of age.

To:

  • Minimum 1.5cm perch space per pheasant, no perches are required for partridges or ducks.
  • Perches should be available once the birds have access to the outside runinstalled from 2.5 weeks of age.

 

  • Nipple bars are deemed suitable for birds up to the age of 3 weeks to perch on, but do not constitute part of the provision for older birds outside

 

5.13 A shorter period of darkness is permissible where the natural day/night cycle is less than 6 hrs dark in 24 hrs and birds have access to natural daylight

Updated to: A shorter period of natural darkness is permissible where the natural day/night cycle is less than 6 hrs dark in 24 hrs and birds have access to natural daylight unless degorated by your veterinary health plan

5.14 There must be documented procedures in place to follow the event of a ventilation failure.

Updated to

There must be documented procedures in place to follow the event of a mechanical ventilation failure.

6.2 0.6cm of circular feed space per bird (Pheasants/partridges/ducks).

Updated to:

  • 0.6cm of circular feed space per bird (Pheasants/partridges/ducks) around one mandola feeder per 100 birds

6.9 There must be adequate drinkers for the number of birds as follows:

  • 1 x Bell drinker (32cm diameter) – per 100 birds (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks). 
  • 1 x Nipple per 40 birds  (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks) up to 2 weeks of age.
  • 1 x Nipple per 16 birds (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks over 2 weeks of age.

Updated to:

  • There must be adequate drinkers for the number of birds as follows:
  • 1 x Bell drinker (32cm diameter) – per 125 birds (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks). 
  • 1 x Nipple per 30 birds  (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks) up to the point of access to the outside run (around 2 – 3 weeks).
  • 1 x Nipple per 20 birds (Pheasants/Partridges/Ducks) from access to outside onwards.

6.10 Water supply must be either from the mains or if from a private supply tested at least annually to ensure it is potable. 

Updated to Water supply must be either from the mains or if from a private supply tested at least annually to ensure it is potable (appropriate)

 

Breeding

2.5 – As per hatching

5.4 Pens must have a range of:

  • physical and sight barriers.
  • Perches
  • hiding/escape areas.
  • scratching area.

Updated to: 

Pens must have the following:

  • physical and sight barriers.
  • perches (see 5.10 re perches)
  • scratching area.

5.10

5.11 9cm per pheasant, 11 birds per meter.

5.14 A shorter period of darkness is permissible where the natural day/night cycle is less than 6 hrs dark in 24 hrs and birds have access to natural daylight

Updated to: A shorter period of natural darkness is permissible where the natural day/night cycle is less than 6 hrs dark in 24 hrs and birds have access to natural daylight unless degorated by your veterinary health plan

5.15 There must be documented procedures in place to follow the event of a ventilation failure.

Updated to

There must be documented procedures in place to follow the event of a mechanical ventilation failure.

5.16 REMOVED

6.9

  • There must be adequate drinkers for the number of birds as follows:
  • 2 nipples per 10 birds (pheasant/duck/partridge) for floor and raised laying units or
  • 1 Bell drinker (32cm diameter) per 100 birds (pheasant/partridge/ducks) for floor and raised laying units or
  • 2 x cups per 10 birds (pheasant/partridge/ducks)

Updated to 

  • There must be adequate drinkers for the number of birds as follows:
  • 2 nipples per 10 birds (pheasant/duck/partridge) for floor and raised laying units or
  • 1 Bell drinker (32cm diameter) per 125 birds (pheasant/partridge/ducks) for floor and raised laying units or
  • 2 x cups per 10 birds (pheasant/partridge/ducks)

6.10 Water supply must be either from the mains or if from a private supply tested at least annually to ensure it is potable. 

Updated to Water supply must be either from the mains or if from a private supply tested at least annually to ensure it is potable (appropriate)

11.3 Transportation is sacks is not permitted.

  • Overcrowding must be avoided.
  • Maintain a thermally comfortable environment.
  • A maximum of 175cm2/kg weight (pheasant/partridge/ducks).
  • The height of the container must allow birds to adopt a normal posture when standing.
  • Must be secure to prevent birds from escaping.

Updated to

  • Overcrowding must be avoided.
  • Maintain a thermally comfortable environment.
  • A maximum of 175cm2/kg weight (pheasant/partridge/ducks).
  • Must be secure to prevent birds from escaping.