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Farming - animal health inspections

Farm inspections and inspections of livestock markets are carried out by our animal health and welfare team.

On-farm inspections

During an inspection we may look at:

  • animal by-products (removal of fallen stock and records)
  • medicine records and storage of drugs
  • stock movement records
  • on-farm bio-security measures
  • stock identification
  • ear tags
  • cattle passports
  • vehicles

We carry out inspections to make sure you comply with current legislation.

Problems we have found whilst inspecting farms relate to:

  • medicine records
  • failure to correctly tag stock
  • absence of an animal transport certificate
  • failure to record movements of stock within the required 36-hour period
  • failure to complete cattle passports and report movements
  • relaxation of bio-security measures

Market inspections

During an inspection we look at:

  • animal welfare
  • animal documentation
  • suitability of the market to hold a sale
  • stock movement records
  • market bio-security measures
  • stock identification
  • vehicles

Problems we have found during market inspections relate to:

  • failure to correctly identify stock
  • incorrect documentation
  • failure to notify destination local authority of movements within the required three-day period
  • failure to cleanse and disinfect on market premises and to complete cleansing and disinfection
  • relaxation of bio-security practices by visitors to market
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