Diseases and bio-security

Good husbandry and bio-security measures are vital to control and eradicate animal disease. Further information on animal diseases is available from Defra.

For information on Avian Influenza (bird flu) is available for you to read. 


Legislation is in place to ensure that the welfare of animals is protected during transport. We achieve this by carrying out inspections on the road, at markets, abattoirs etc.

Further information on animal welfare during transport is available from Defra.

Fallen stock

Fallen stock can no longer be buried or burnt in the open because of the risk of disease spread through groundwater or air pollution. Animals must be taken to or collected by an approved knacker, hunt kennel, incinerator or renderer, either by private arrangement, or under the National Fallen Stock Scheme.

The commercial document that accompanies each consignment must be retained for two years by the owner of the carcase, the haulier and the destination premise.

Further information on controls on animal by-products, including fallen stock, is available from Defra.

Guidance for keepers

Guidance is available from Defra for each of the following species.

For more detailed information please see Animal health and welfare downloads.

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