Emergencies on Livestock Farms (PB1147)

Introduction


1 There are many potential problems on farms that are likely to affect the welfare of farm animals. The welfare of animals is the responsibility of any person who keeps livestock on agricultural land. Consequently farmers and farm staff should be able to recognise trouble and put matters right immediately.
2 Of equal importance is that all reasonable measures should be taken beforehand so that problems can be dealt with promptly. The aim of this booklet is to help you provide advice on the potential problems, how to prevent those problems, and what action to take in an emergency.
3 In Britain, DEFRA, SEERAD and the Welsh Agricultural Department jointly publishes Codes of Recommendations for the welfare of livestock which have been approved by Parliament. The Codes are available to encourage farmers and stockkeepers to adopt the highest standards of husbandry.
4 The Welfare Codes also give some information on emergencies for specific livestock species and the list of codes currently available includes cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, deer, fowl. The Welfare Codes are available free of charge from DEFRA Publications (see address at the back of this booklet). Further information on animal welfare is available from the organisations also listed at the back of this booklet.
5 Most of the suggestions in this booklet are merely statements of ordinary sensible management practice. It is hoped that bringing them together in this way will assist with the smooth running of normal commercial operations.
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