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Farming - record of medicines for farm animals

Records must be kept of any medicines given to farm animals that will end up as food.

The following details need to be recorded:

  • date of purchase of the medicine
  • name of the medicine, batch number and quantity purchased
  • supplier of veterinary medicine
  • identity of animal or animal group treated
  • number of animals treated
  • start and end dates of treatment
  • total quantity of veterinary medicine used
  • name of person who administered the medicine

Medicine records must be kept for a period of three calendar years. Where prescriptions are used as the record they must be kept for five years and the actual dates of treatment must be recorded. Animals can only be sent to slaughter at the end of the withdrawal period. These are changing all the time – consult your veterinary surgeon for up-to-date withdrawal periods.

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