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Farm animals

Cows in a field

The livestock section covers the key issues surrounding the health and welfare, identification and movement of farm animals.

  • Disease outbreaks and the measures to control them can carry wide and costly consequences for public health, the economy and the environment. Vigilance and good stockmanship are vital in the fight against animal disease. Monitoring animals for signs of disease, and following good farming practices are essential ways of reducing the risk of disease and preventing the spread of disease.
  • The way we treat animals is an important reflection of the values of our society. This means we all have a stake in improving the national level of animal health and welfare.
  • As a livestock keeper there are things you must do. For example, you must register as a keeper and correctly identify your livestock. There are also rules about the movements of livestock. These help to prevent the spread or outbreak of animal diseases.

Livestock information and guidance at Business Link

Plain English guides on livestock can be found on the farming section of the Business Link website. These including:

  • Health and Welfare
  • Identification, registration and transportation
  • Disease: prevention, notification and restriction

Page last modified: 23 February 2011