A NEW code of practice for game farms is to be rolled out this year.

The Game Farm Audit, which recommends good practice in animal health and welfare, will be operating from January 1. It is the project of the British Game Alliance (BGA), which has updated the current code produced by Defra and included the introduction of animal passports and Mycoplasma testing. The project will be operated by Acoura, which will visit participating game farms.

The audit will demonstrate to food businesses that BGA assured game is sourced from enterprises with high welfare standards, and that game farms involved will make a premium on their stock due to the quality assurance demonstrated.