Livestock health and welfare

Promoting and maintaining the standards of animal health and welfare in Suffolk.

We work to:

  • prevent and control outbreaks of livestock disease
  • protect the welfare of animals at agricultural holdings - in transit and at animal gatherings
  • safeguard human health and the food chain from contagious diseases

Our work includes:

  • visiting keepers of livestock to ensure they are complying with disease control and welfare rules
  • checking sheep, goat and pig movements
  • checking vehicles that transport animals
  • attending animal gatherings
  • investigating allegations of livestock welfare abuse
  • investigating breaches of animal by-products disposal rules

To find out the requirements of keeping and moving livestock, read our livestock premises assessment guide (Word, 445KB).

Animal movement guidance

Livestock movement and identification

In the event of a disease outbreak the precise location of all livestock is essential to control and eradicate highly contagious viruses.

These rules apply to you even if you only keep one of the animals listed here.

Notifying your movements of sheep, goats and pigs

Keepers are required to pre-notify pig movements electronically through: 

Pig movement forms (eAML2) must be reported to the MLCSL.

Sheep and goat movement must be reported by the destination premises to ARAMS either electronically or via paper form within 3 days of movement. 

Animal welfare

It is against the law to be cruel to animals.

As an owner or keeper of animals you should be aware of animal welfare rules, and how to adhere to them.

The welfare of animals is important during periods of sever weather (e.g. hot, cold, floods, drought)

By law those who look after animals must avoid causing then unnecessary suffering. 

For more information and guidance visit the GOV.UK website.

Animal by-product disposal

Animal by-products are animal carcasses and parts of carcasses or products of animal origin not meant for human consumption.

This includes:

  • catering/kitchen waste (e.g. used cooking oil)
  • former foodstuffs
  • butcher/slaughterhouse waste
  • blood
  • feathers, wool, hides/skin
  • fallen stock
  • pets, zoo and circus animals
  • hunt trophies
  • manure, ova, embryos and semen

Guidance is available to explain how to correctly identify, move and dispose of animal by-products.

Animal disease response

In preparation of any potential livestock disease outbreaks a multi agency plan is in place.

This has been developed by Suffolk Trading Standards and the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit.

It allows coordinated contingency planning to take place within Suffolk and is updated in line with the National Framework Response Plan to Exotic Animal Diseases.

For more information visit the Suffolk Resilience website.