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Farm businesses

Brexit transition period

The UK has now left the EU and has entered a transition period until the end of 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.  Your business can take some actions now to prepare for 2021.

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.

Farm advice and support

We provide information and advice about animal health and welfare to farmers and those who own livestock.

Please send us your questions or concerns to

Advice is also available from: