About animal health
We are 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.
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/or prosecution.
You can find out more about animal licences in the business section of the website on the licences page and the animal movement licences page.