Pigs (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (PB7950)

Section 1 - Health

Record Keeping

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870), Schedule 1, paragraph 7 states that:

A record shall be maintained of -

(a) any medicinal treatment given to animals; and

(b) the number of mortalities found on each inspection of animals carried out in accordance with any of the following provisions.

Schedule 1, paragraph 8 states that:

- The record referred to in paragraph 7 shall be retained for a period of at least three years from the date on which the medicinal treatment was given, or the date of the inspection, as the case may be, and shall be made available to an authorised person when carrying out an inspection or when otherwise requested by such person.

45. Only authorised veterinary medicinal products should be used. You must keep full records of all medicines used, including where it was bought. You must also keep records for at least three years of:
  • the date you treated the animals;
  • the identity and quantity of medicine used; and
  • which animal or group of animals you treated.
It is a requirement under the Animals and Animal Products (Examination for Residues and Maximum Residue Limits) Regulations 1997 (S.I. 1997 No. 1729), Part V, paragraph 32, that you keep a record of:

The name and address of the supplier of the veterinary medicinal product.

You will find more information in the Code of Practice on responsible use of animal medicines on the farm (see the Appendix).
46. In terms of individual animal management, you may find it useful, as part of the health and welfare plan, to note specific cases of mastitis, lameness and other disorders, and where appropriate, the relevant treatment given.
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