Trading Standards - Agriculture and Animals

Farmers & Livestock

The Animal Health and Welfare section is located within Trading Standards, and relates to the health and welfare of farmed animals. The Animal Health and Welfare inspectorate is responsible for the enforcement of animal health and welfare legislation, with a view to reducing disease risks to both animal and human health.

The Animal Health section can advise on record keeping requirements for livestock movements, births and deaths, livestock identification, animal transport, bio security, disposal of animal by-products (including animal carcases) and animal health and disease control measures.

We work very closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  To find out more information, visit their website by clicking here.

Avian Influenza - Bird Flu Prevention - PREVENTION ZONE EXTENDED UNTIL 28TH FEBRUARY 2017

The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe.

The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds, helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place until 28th February.

Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds.

Public Health England (PHE) advises that the threat to human health remains very low.

Defra is continuing to monitor the situation closely and has increased its surveillance activity, while keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures on their premises.

In response to the continued, heightened risk of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, the existing Avian Influenza Prevention Zones will remain in force until 28 February. Poultry and captive bird keepers must continue to house their birds, where practicable, maintain their biosecurity and keep a close watch on the health of their birds.  

The Zones cover the whole of England, Scotland and Wales.  

In light of recent, confirmed cases of H5N8 in Great Britain, the extension of this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent infection from wild birds. The ban on poultry gatherings is still in place and will be reviewed according to the level of risk.

Local Advice

Poultry keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry – if practical, use disposable protective clothing;
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry are kept to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products and using effective vermin control;
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle;
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures; and
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

Wild bird surveillance activity in Great Britain has been increased. If poultry keepers or the general public find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or five or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, they should report them to the Defra helpline by calling 03459 33 55 77.

Useful Links from the DEFRA website:

For information on how to spot avian influenza, please click here.

To find out more about DEFRA approved disinfectants, please click here.

To view a document, Biosecurity and Preventing Disease in Poultry and Captive Birds within a Prevention Zone, please click here (PDF, 364.38KB, 17 pages).

Sheep Goats and Deer – changes to reporting movements from 1st April 2014

Visit the DEFRA website to find out how to register your holding, record and report animal movements, and about any restrictions after animals arrive on your holding, by clicking here.

Schmallenburg Virus

Schmallenberg Virus is a new emerging livestock disease that has been detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. It is similar to some other animal disease pathogens, such as Akabane and Shamonda viruses, which are transmitted by vectors, such as midges, mosquitoes and ticks.

All the evidence currently suggests that the disease was brought into the UK from infected midges blown across the Channel. DEFRA have seen no evidence to suggest that it was from imported livestock, they are closely tracking the disease and will continue to work with partners across Europe and the UK to develop our knowledge of the disease. Schmallenberg Virus is not a notifiable disease but farmers are asked to contact their veterinary surgeon if they encounter cases of ruminant neonates or fetuses which are stillborn, show malformations or are showing nervous disease.

For current updated information on the virus, visit the DEFRA website, by clicking here.

Emergency Destruction

  • In case of emergency destruction please contact you local vet or alternatively one of the following;
  • H Holden - 07711 692010 (by captive bolt)
  • J Bellamy - 07807 811040 (by captive bolt or free bullet) Licensed Slaughterman
  • B Isaacson - 07807 811040 (by captive bolt or free bullet) Licensed Slaughterman
  • M Plumbley - 07971 524435 (by captive bolt)

Independent Collection Services

  • J Bellamy - 07807 811040 (by captive bolt or free bullet) Licensed Slaughterman
  • B Isaacson - 07807 811040 (by captive bolt or free bullet) Licensed Slaughterman

Further information and guidance, from external sources can be found by clicking on the 'Links' tab above.

Related Documents and Policies

Please click on the links below to access relevant record/register forms:

Please note: If you require specific advice on this subject, please contact the Trading Standards Service for further assistance, by clicking on the 'Contact' tab above where you can either send an email message using the 'Send a message to this service' tab or telephone on the number provided.