Good standards of biosecurity on farms, at animal gatherings (which includes collection centres and livestock shows), and on livestock vehicles must be maintained to reduce the risk of spread of disease.
Livestock markets, shows, and collection centres are now known collectively as 'animal gatherings'. Such events must be licensed by the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
In the guide
Points to note
The current biosecurity strategy came into force in March 2010. Whilst the risks from diseases such as foot-and-mouth remain the same, the methods of mitigating and dealing with those risks have been subject to a comprehensive and industry-led review. The current regime still mitigates those risks to the same extent as previous strategies, but responsibility for some biosecurity measures has now been handed over to the industry to oversee and control. However, enforcement authorities can still take action if there is a biosecurity risk at an animal gathering.
Points to note
Please note the following, which will affect you when delivering/sending livestock to an animal gathering:
Defra biosecurity guidance gives essential advice to supplement the legal obligations of those people running and also those attending a market in whatever capacity.
For further information on the day of a gathering, please speak to the animal health inspector on duty.
This leaflet is not an authoritative interpretation of the law and is intended only for guidance. Any legislation referred to, while still current, may have been amended from the form in which it was originally enacted. Please contact us for further information.
Animal Health Act 1981
Disease Control (England) Order 2003
Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006
Cattle Identification Regulations 2007
Sheep and Goats (Records, Identification and Movement) (England) Order 2009
Animal Gatherings Order 2010
Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 2011
Last reviewed/updated: May 2014
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