Trading Standards - Agriculture and Animals

Farmers and 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 Zones - Updated 11 April 2017

It has today been announced that all poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.   To view the latest press release, please visit GOV.UK by clicking here.

The requirement to house or fully net poultry in Higher Risk Areas of England, introduced on 28 February to minimise the risk of them catching avian flu from wild birds, will be lifted.

All poultry keepers must however continue to implement the enhanced biosecurity measures we introduced on 28 February. This includes taking steps to reduce the risk to their birds, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors. If you have over 500 birds there are additional measures which you also must continue to implement.  For more information, please visit GOV.UK by clicking here

The ban on poultry gatherings announced on 20 December 2016, also remains in place.

The decision to lift the housing requirement is based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice, which concludes that the level of risk to poultry in the Higher Risk Areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England. This is because of changes in the wild bird population: the majority of over-wintering migratory birds have now left the UK, and resident wild waterfowl are at their lowest levels and entering the breeding season when they become less likely to move long distances to forage for food. 

The risk of poultry becoming infected from H5N8 remains heightened and countries across Europe continue to experience outbreaks and observe cases in wild birds. Defra is stepping up surveillance of wild birds across the UK to inform our risk assessments.

Poultry keepers who are planning to let their birds outdoors on Thursday are strongly advised to take action now to minimise any residual contamination in outdoor areas by following the guidance on GOV.UK: To view this information, please click here. They are also advised to consult with their private vet if they are worried about the risk of their birds becoming infected.

The Defra Interactive Map will determine if your premise falls within the higher risk area. To view the map click here.

Prevention Controls in England from 28 February 2017

Bio-security measures should be applied to all premises.  Please refer to the table on page 4 of the 'Controls in England' guidance provided by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, click here to view the document. (PDF, 314.12KB, 17 pages). This guidance document outlines the controls to be put in place for all premises in both higher and lower risk areas.

Defra approved disinfectants

The Defra approved disinfectants list gives the current dilution rates for Diseases of Poultry and Avian Influenza to be used, to maintain good biosecurity. To view more information from Defra regarding approved disinfectants, please click here.

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: 

  • 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

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:

For information on how to spot avian influenza provided by Defra, 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.

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.