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Farming - slaughter of cattle

If they are fit to be transported, live animals known or suspected to be injured or showing signs of abnormality that are sent to a slaughterhouse must be accompanied by a food chain information declaration.

The declaration must be completed by the owner or person in charge of the animal. This declaration identifies the animal and any medicine or treatment it has received within the previous six months.

Before sending a live casualty animal to a slaughterhouse you must tell the slaughterhouse of your intention to do so. This allows them to prepare to make sure that an official veterinarian (OV) will be available to carry out a post-mortem examination.

The food chain information declaration must be handed to the official veterinarian when you arrive at the slaughterhouse.

Slaughter outside a licensed slaughterhouse

If an animal is to be slaughtered outside a licensed slaughterhouse – such as on a farm, it must be killed humanely and disposed of in line with regulations. Further details are available on the Defra website.

Cattle slaughtered by a mobile slaughterhouse operator

Operators of mobile slaughterhouses must dispose of animals according to regulations. Further details are available on the Defra website. Animals over 24 months old that have undergone emergency slaughter must have a brain stem sample (BSS) taken. This is taken for BSE testing.

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