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Farm animal health and welfare

We are responsible for protecting the health and welfare of livestock across Bedford Borough and we enforce a wide range of legislation relating to the keeping of livestock.

Our work covers:

  • the prevention and monitoring of animal diseases such as Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth, Bluetongue, BSE and Rabies
  • identification, movement and record keeping of livestock
  • the disposal of dead animals and other animal by-products
  • animal feed and food hygiene

We use a number of methods to deliver our duties including:

  • visits to farms and abattoirs
  • checking farm records by postal recall
  • reacting to complaints
  • inspecting livestock vehicles in transit

We actively investigate any serious breach of legislation and deal with many complaints and referrals each year, taking appropriate and proportionate enforcement action against offenders.