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Animal health and welfare

Checking animal welfare

Trading Standards officers play an important role in the health and welfare of farm animals and livestock, protecting and improving livestock and controlling and eradicating disease.

We achieve this by:

  • Monitoring animal movements by licence
  • Checking movement and associated records on farms
  • Monitoring welfare standards of animals kept on farms, in transit or exposed for sale in livestock markets.

In the aftermath of the foot and mouth outbreak a rigorous regime of licensing which controls the movement of a range of farm animals has been introduced. The most common animals whose movements have to be licensed are sheep, pigs, cattle and goats.

Further information about livestock farming: www.gov.uk/browse/business/farming/livestock

Further information on how to protect your birds from avian flu: www.defra.gov.uk/publications/2012/01/20/pb12545-protect-birds-from-disease/

Holding register

Farmers who keep sheep and goats need to keep a record of all movements. The following document is a shortened version of the DEFRA current holding register. Pages from this document can be photocopied as needed.

Holding register - shortened version [PDF 1.6MB]

A copy of the full version can be found on the DEFRA website at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sheep-and-goat-holding-register

Business information sheets

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