From November, the QS
inspection system will provide its system partners with newly prepared indices from the audit reports. Livestock owners can see at a glance where they stand with the relevant criteria of biosecurity and animal husbandry. The codes provide a kind of early warning signal.
With the new indices, from November 2019 QS will give the system partners more transparency for biosecurity and the state of animal husbandry. QS Project Manager Thomas May: "Because biosafety and animal husbandry are the focus of our attention, we extract the results from the audit reports that relate to these topics and form indexes for each farm." Both the Biosafety Index (BSI) and the Livestock Index (THI) allow - initially only farmers holding pigs - a location in relation to comparable farms. In addition, the indices also show in which areas it should be examined whether, where appropriate, improvement measures make sense. At the same time, livestock farmers may use their own values for risk assessment to veterinary authorities. This anticipates the new requirement of the EU Control Regulation 2017/625, which will enter into force in December.
Like all other partners of the QS testing system, livestock owners are regularly audited. However, the overall result of an audit does not permit any conclusions to be drawn about individual operating areas, in contrast to the indicators. QS Managing Director Hermann-Josef Nienhoff: "Our new indices show that QS is more than the standard. We are working on significantly more transparency for biosecurity, animal welfare and food safety. "The new indices can be viewed by every QS pig farmer in the QS database.