Animal Health and Welfare

Suffolk Trading Standards play a key role to promote and maintain standards of animal health and welfare in Suffolk

Looking after the welfare of farmed animals and preventing the spread of animal diseases.

The main aims of this legislation are:

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

Suffolk Trading Standards works with the local livestock industry and government agencies such as Animal Health to ensure that farmed animals are disease-free and well looked after.

Our work includes:

  • Visiting keepers of livestock to ensure they comply with disease control and welfare rules
  • Checking and recording sheep, goat and pig movements
  • Checks on vehicles transporting animals
  • Attendance at animal gatherings
  • Investigating allegations of livestock welfare abuse
  • Investigating breaches of animal by products disposal rules

Livestock Premises Assessment Guide

To help keepers understand the main requirements that apply to keeping and moving livestock above is a link to our Livestock Premises Assessment Guide (445k) that summarises the main rules. This guide can be used to conduct a form of self assessment or just to help you understand the main rules that we enforce.

Sheep, Goat and Pig Movement Book Postal Check Scheme

On a routine basis we visit farms to check such things as movement records. However to stop unnecessary visits and to lessen their impact on keepers time, Suffolk has developed a system to check sheep, goat and pig movement records within Suffolk by post. Participants receive a new book that ensures compliance with all of the current on-farm record requirements for live and dead-stock movements.

To apply for the scheme please complete this online form.

For further information, download the application pack (PDF, 36kb)

If you do wish to participate in the scheme but require guidance on livestock movements and copies of non postal movement books for sheep, goats, pigs and cattle please see the Defra website.

Specific guidance on any animal welfare related issue

Livestock (including horses) 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. To try and stop the spread of disease and to be able trace meat products there are strict rules controlling the identification and movement of livestock. These rules apply to you even if you only keep one animal of the species covered. Please click the link below to access web pages that explain how you must identify and move livestock and horses.

Notification of the Movement of Sheep, goats and Pigs

From 1 October 2011, new legislation comes into effect that requires keepers to pre-notify pig movements electronically, through the British Pig Executive (BPEX) /Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL). Keepers without Internet access are offered a telephone service. From this date pig movement forms (AML2) must be reported to the Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL) at MLCSL, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL.

Further information is available on the BPEX website.

Sheep and goat movements must still be reported by the destination premises to the local Authority by sending the white copy of the AML1 movement form within 3 days of the movement.

Animal Welfare

Not only is it against the law to be cruel to an animal, you must also ensure that all the welfare needs of animals are met. Please click the link below to access web pages that explain the welfare rules for all owners and keepers of animals.

Animal By Product Disposal

Animal by-products (ABPs) are animal carcasses, parts of carcasses or products of animal origin that are not intended for human consumption. This includes catering/kitchen waste, used cooking oil, former foodstuffs, butcher and slaughterhouse waste, blood, feathers, wool, hides and skins, fallen stock, pet animals, zoo and circus animals, hunt trophies, manure, ova, embryos and semen. Please click the link below to access web pages that explain how to correctly identify, move and dispose of animal by products.

Suffolk Multiagency Animal Disease Response Plan

In preparation for any potential livestock disease outbreaks a multiagency plan has been developed by Suffolk Trading Standards and the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit. This plan summarises the Suffolk multiagency response to a notifiable animal disease outbreak. This plan allows co-ordinated contingency planning to take place within Suffolk and is updated in line with and linked to the national Framework Response Plan to Exotic Animal Diseases. Please click the link below if you wish to access the Suffolk Resilience Forums Animal Disease Response Plan.

If you require further guidance on any of the above subjects or any other Animal health and Welfare related issue, please contact us.

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