Red Tractor Standards

We are the UK’s largest food and farming scheme and since we were founded in 2000, we have continued to improve standards across all sectors that we cover from pork to pumpkins and beef to barley.

Our assurance covers the entire food supply chain and we work with over 350 independent inspectors to ensure the most robust assessments possible.

These inspectors are all appropriately trained and sufficiently experienced – together, they conduct over 60,000 inspections a year.

The Red Tractor logo can only be used on food that has been produced, transported, stored and packed to Red Tractor standards and licensing rules. The standards in all farming sectors (such as chicken, dairy or vegetables) have been agreed by a panel of experts to ensure that our standards are as robust as possible.

Did you know?
All Red Tractor cows have their own UK passport to ensure full supply chain traceability
There are more than 11,000 Red Tractor-assured British dairy farmers who account for 95% of all milk production
Model chickens
OVER 90%
of poultry meat farms in the UK are Red Tractor assured
Every single Red Tractor bird can be traced back to the hatchery, egg, and parent stock they came from
Over the last decade, British farmers have significantly lowered antibiotic use and now have some of the lowest usage rates in the world
The carbon footprint of beef in the UK is almost half the global average.
Every Red Tractor farm must have a Livestock Health Plan and complete an annual health and performance review performed by a vet
British farmers produce 3.5m tonnes of fruit and vegetables every year
3,000 FARMS
Not every UK farm meets our standards – in 2020, nearly 3000 farms were suspended from our scheme for not meeting our requirements