Publication - Advice and guidance

Biosecurity practices for animal health: guidance

Published: 5 Nov 2014

Biosecurity is a set of management practices that collectively reduce the potential for the introduction or spread of animal disease-causing organisms onto and between farms.

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Biosecurity practices for animal health: guidance
Traceability and identification legislation

Traceability

  • there are legal requirements for the registration of all livestock and premises, animal identification, breeding and movement records. Rapid traceability is important for effective disease control
  • keepers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and farmed deer must be registered and their animals identified in accordance with the law, even if only one animal is kept
  • vehicles and people can spread disease. Veterinary investigations into notifiable disease would be greatly assisted by records of visitors and deliveries

Identification and Movements Legislation

Keepers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and farmed deer must be registered and their animals identified in accordance with the law, even if only one animal is kept. Further information on these requirements, as well as a source of Explanatory Booklets, can be obtained from the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Cattle

Identification and movement records must be kept in accordance with the requirements of:

Pigs and Wild Boar

Identification and movement records must be kept in accordance with the requirements of:

Sheep and Goats

Identification and movement records must be kept in accordance with the requirements of:

Deer

Deer must be identified as required by:

Poultry

Breeding flocks must be registered in accordance with the requirements of:

Breeding flocks and hatcheries must be registered in accordance with the requirements of:

Each month, all hatcheries must send to the Scottish Government details of the number of eggs set and the number of hatched chicks intended for actual sale as implemented by:

Hatcheries must keep records in accordance with the requirements of:

And as implemented by:

Up to date records must be kept regarding disease as stated by:

Establishments keeping laying hens must be registered in accordance with:

Egg producers must keep up to date records in accordance with the requirements of:

As implemented by:

Eggs for human consumption shall be given a distinguishing number for traceability in accordance with the requirements of:

Which will be updated by:

The registered number of the slaughter house or cutting plant is required to be indicated on the packaging of poultry for meat in accordance with Council Regulation 1906/90/EC.


Contact

E-Mail: animal.health@gov.scot

Tel: 0300 244 9874
Fax: 0300 244 9797

Scottish Government
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
Animal Health and Welfare
P Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD