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Animal health

Our animal health team enforces legislation designed to protect the health and welfare of livestock and farm animals.

Cows in a field

We're on hand to assist and advise farmers in complying with animal health and welfare law dealing with livestock. This legislation aims to:

  • protect the welfare of animals on farms, during transport and at market.
  • prevent, control and eradicate animal diseases.
  • safeguard human health from diseases which may be transmitted from animals

Our work includes:

  • inspection of livestock holdings
  • checks on vehicles transporting animals
  • attendance at livestock markets
  • licensing the movement of pigs

We work closely with DEFRA - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Contact an animal health officer for advice on animal health matters or to make a complaint if you believe that an animal health problem exists.

Caring for animals in extreme weather

Defra have published guidance on how to care for animals on farms and at market in severe hot or cold weather, floods or drought.


All movements of cattle, deer, sheep, goats and pigs are controlled by a general licence.

Holdings are still subject to a standstill period and bio security measures.

Failure to comply with the rules laid down in the licences may result in revocation of the general licence and prosecution.

You can find out more about animal movement licences.