Animal Health

What is the role of the Animal Health and Welfare Section?

To ensure that the health and welfare of farmed livestock is protected and complies with animal health and welfare legislation.

What are the duties of the Animal Health and Welfare Inspector?

To ensure that all livestock is correctly identified and is moved with the required movement documents or cattle passports, in accordance with current legislation.

There must be full traceability of livestock movements to assist in controlling the potential spread of diseases such as Foot and Mouth. This is done by checking records at farms, slaughterhouses and during transportation.

The inspector also ensures that carcases and animal waste from slaughterhouses are transported and disposed of appropriately and in compliance with the current legislation.

Where do I get information on keeping livestock or poultry?

The Animal Health Section provides advice and assistance to farmers and traders on animal health and welfare legislation.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency website offers further information on animal health and welfare guidance.

You can contact the Animal Health and Welfare Inspector by:
Email: eh.admin@bradford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01274 434629

What do I need to do if I intend to keep livestock?

If you intend to keep livestock it is important that you:

  • Register before obtaining the animals (specifically cattle, pigs, sheep and goats)
  • Obtain a holding number from the Rural Payments Agency. Telephone: 03000 200 301
  • Register with your local APHA Office. Who will issue you a herd or flock number. Telephone: 03000 200 301
  • Adhere to the rules about the movements of livestock, in addition to keeping on farm movement records
  • Safeguard the health and welfare of your animals on farm, in transit, at livestock markets and at slaughter
  • Comply with animal medicine regulations when medicines are administered to your livestock. Ensure you keep appropriate records
  • Safeguard the health of your staff and protect the public from disease
  • Protect the environment from any waste originating from your livestock business, including animal by-products
  • Dispose of fallen stock in accordance with the current legislation

I want to move livestock. What must I do?

To be able to move your livestock, you must obtain a licence to move them and you must keep records of such movements in a herd or flock book. You can download one from the Animal and Plant Health Agency website.

Different licences must be obtained dependant upon the animals to be moved. Licences are available for:

  • Movement of sheep and goats onto and off your holding 
  • Movement of pigs onto and off your holding 
  • Taking a pet pig for a walk outside your boundary 
  • Cattle movements are different as their movements are recorded through a passport system which is administered by the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS). Cattle keepers should be registered with BCMS.

For more information on BCMS or to register online visit the British Cattle Movement Service website. You can also telephone 0845 050 1234

I think a farm animal is being treated cruelly. What can I do?

If you suspect that farm animals are being caused unnecessary suffering, you should report it immediately:
Email: EnglandNorth@apha.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 03000 200 301

For more information on farm and animal welfare please visit the Animal and Plant Health Agency website.

Are there any current notifiable diseases which affect livestock that I should be aware of?

There are currently no notifiable disease restrictions in place in West Yorkshire. If you suspect that a disease is present in any farm animal you should contact AHVLA, using the contact details above.

For further information on the current Animal disease situation, animal movement licensing, legislation and a full list of notifiable diseases, please visit the Animal and Plant Health Agency website.

What must I do with fallen stock?

All dead livestock (not wild animals) must be disposed of appropriately.

Dead livestock can be dealt with by private arrangement using an authorised carrier or under the national fallen stock scheme.

Further information can be obtained from National Fallen Stock Scheme or from Gov.uk.

Does the Animal Health Section deal with the welfare of domestic pets?

No. If you have any concerns about the welfare of any domestic animals e.g. cats and dogs, then you should report your concerns to the RSPCA Telephone: 0300 1234 999

What do I do if I have concerns for the welfare of a horse?

If the horse is on council land, then you should contact the council to report it.

Email: horses@bradford.gov.uk
Telephone: 01274 431000

If you have concerns about the welfare of other horses contact the RSPCA Telephone: 0300 1234 999

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