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Business advice for livestock or poultry

Where do I get information on keeping livestock or poultry?

To help prevent the spread or outbreak of animal diseases you should be aware of animal health and welfare legislation which applies to your business.

As a livestock keeper you must do

  • register as a keeper and correctly identify your livestock
  • adhere to the rules about the movements of livestock in addition to keeping appropriate on farm movement records
  • safeguard the health and welfare of your animals on farm, in transit, at livestock markets and at slaughter
  • safeguard the health of your employees and to protect the public from these diseases
  • comply with animal medicine regulations when you administer medicines to your livestock
  • protect the environment from the adverse affects of waste originating from your livestock, including animal by-products.

Animal health and welfare guidance

We the council, enforce the legislation for animal health and welfare and provide advice on:

  • health and welfare of livestock
  • identification registration and movement of livestock
  • transportation of livestock
  • disposal of fallen stock.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website offers further information on animal health and welfare guidance.

DEFRA (external website)

You can contact the animal health duty officer by:

Email: animal.health@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone number: (01482) 396107

Fax: (01482) 396191

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What do I need to do as a livestock keeper?

As a livestock keeper it is important that you:

  • register as a keeper and correctly identify your livestock
  • adhere to the rules about the movements of livestock in addition to keeping appropriate on farm movement records
  • comply with animal medicine regulations when you administer medicines to your livestock
  • dispose of fallen stock appropriately.

We can offer advice on record keeping requirements and the disposal of fallen stock.

The Animal Health website can also offer advice and guidance on the registration as a livestock keeper.

Animal Health (external website)

 

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