With regard to the auditing of Quality Assurance Schemes, we have made the decision to postpone audits for two months, and to extend the validity of current certificates where applicable for an initial period of 60 days. Such an extension scenario is already provided for within the standard. This decision prioritises the health and welfare of farmers and auditors, while ensuring that the reputation and integrity of the Quality Assurance Schemes are maintained.
Bord Bia offer a number of resources to help you prepare for your upcoming audit, survey questionnaire and closing out audits
Origin Green is a major Bord Bia initiative involving Ireland’s farmers, manufacturers and retailers in a journey towards sustainable food and drink production. All farms that are part of the Sustainable Quality Assurance Scheme are members of Origin Green.
Producers can check their certification status by entering their producer herd number.
Horticulture - https://qas.bordbia.ie/hort/Verify/
Pigmeat - https://qas.bordbia.ie/Pig/Verify/
Poultry - https://qas.bordbia.ie/Poultry/Verify/
The purpose of the farm walks is to provide dairy farmers with additional insights and learnings to assist them to farm efficiently and sustainably. The walks will cover:
These walks support farmers in preparation for farm audits, as well as providing greater insights to Bord Bia’s Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme (SBLAS). The walks will cover:
Bord Bia auditors gather data during the audit process through the Sustainability Survey as part of the Sustainable Assurance Schemes for beef, lamb and dairy. This information enables Bord Bia to assess the environmental performance of quality assured farms via a carbon footprint calculation.
The data gathered is now being used to generate a new farmer feedback report covering: