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 - What you need to know and do

Updated January 2018

Following the confirmation of Avian Flu H5N6 having been identified in some wild birds in South Dorset during January 2018; we would advise that the discovery of any dead wild birds be reported to DEFRA on 03459 33 55 77.

A Nationwide Prevention Zone has now been declared, and all keepers of poultry and captive birds should refer to the latest requirements concerning biosecurity measures and the establishment of the prevention zone, click here to view this information on the GOV.UK website. The Declaration of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone contains information on the biosecurity measures private (backyard) flock and commercial flock keepers must take, click here to download a copy from the Gov.UK website. (PDF, 181KB, 5 pages).

It is vital that anyone who keeps birds, whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a commercial unit is vigilant.  All poultry keepers should:

  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures,
  • clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Government approved disinfectant at entrances and exits,
  • clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry,
  • keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways,
  • humanely control rats and mice,
  • place birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly,
  • keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access,
  • keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet.

Poultry keepers who have 50 or more birds must register with Defra. Click here to register with Defra.

It is recommended anyone who keeps birds register for the free Alert service, click here to register for this service.

Please click on the following links to find:


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.