To ensure that the health and welfare of farmed livestock is protected and complies with animal health and welfare legislation.
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.
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:
Telephone: 01274 434629
If you intend to keep livestock it is important that you:
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:
For more information on BCMS or to register online visit the British Cattle Movement Service website. You can also telephone 0845 050 1234
If you suspect that farm animals are being caused unnecessary suffering, you should report it immediately:
Telephone: 03000 200 301
For more information on farm and animal welfare please visit the Animal and Plant Health Agency website.
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.
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.
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
If the horse is on council land, then you should contact the council to report it.
Telephone: 01274 431000
If you have concerns about the welfare of other horses contact the RSPCA Telephone: 0300 1234 999