Keeping livestock or poultry, what records need to be kept and advice on recording livestock movements.
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:
Read more about keeping and registering farmed animals on the GOV.UK website.
If you own a herd, flock or even a single animal of the most common livestock, such as cattle, sheep, goats, deer, horses or pigs, there are rules you must follow to stop the spread of diseases.
These rules cover the identification, tracing, movement of livestock and keeping of relevant records.
Example record keeping formats are available to use below:
Cattle movement book (30kb)
Pig record book (58kb)
View the sheep and goat holding register on the GOV.UK website
You can find further guidance on livestock record keeping on the GOV.UK website.
Additionally, as a livestock keeper you have a requirement to maintain records under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations.
View advice and guidance on the Veterinary Medicines Regulations on the GOV.UK website.
An example record format for veterinary medicine use is available to use below:
Veterinary medicine record (36kb)
There are different forms you must complete depending on the animals you are moving, and where you are moving them to or from.
Without the appropriate movement form, livestock cannot be legally moved.
Movement licences enable the authorities to trace livestock movements in the event of a disease outbreak.
Please note: as a livestock keeper, you have a duty to comply with the legislation relating to the welfare of animals in transport.
Cattle movements are recorded through the passport system administered by British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS).
Find out more on the British Cattle Movement Services website.
Before you move pigs off your premises you will need to complete the eAML2 (electronic animal movement licence) on the eAML2 website. This service is free to use.
Please note: you will need to set up the movement online and print off the page 1 haulier summary and give this summary sheet to the haulier.
Find out what you can do if you don't have internet access on the eAML2 website.
Before you move the sheep, deer or goats off your premises you will need to report movements to the Animal Reporting and Movement Services (ARAMS), by either:
Read more about sheep, deer and goat movement on the Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS).
Report a concern about livestock movements and identification
Read more about animal welfare on the The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website.
Learn how to register as a livestock keeper on the The Animal and Plant Health Agency website.
From the council
The council enforces legislation on animal health and welfare and provides advice on:
Request advice from an animal health officer