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Day 14: Chickens, sheep, goats or a pig?

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Chickens, sheep, goats or a pig?

There are a few things you need to know before you buy. If you are the owner of an animal you must comply with the Animal Welfare Act 2006.This Act places a duty on anyone that owns or is responsible for an animal (even on a temporary basis) to ensure that the welfare needs of the animal are met and no animal suffers unnecessarily. The legislation applies to pets (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish) and farmed livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and horses.

For sheep, goats, pigs and deer there is a requirement to have a county parish holding number (CPH) from the Welsh government and be registered with your local APHA office (Animal and Plant Health Agency - formerly the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency). Different identification and record-keeping requirements apply to individual species - there is no exemption for pets. The requirements are the same because they are agricultural species that can catch the same diseases and are therefore subject to the same controls and regulations as commercial livestock herds (even if you only have one animal). If you need any further advice then please contact your local trading standards service.

If you keep 50 or more poultry at any premises you must be registered on the Great Britain Poultry Register. If you keep fewer than 50 poultry, registration is voluntary. You can register by calling 0800 634 1112 or on the GOV.UK website.

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Isle of Anglesey County Council
Council Offices
LL77 7TW
Tel: 01248 752322
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