Appendix 2 - Visits to livestock farms in the absence of an outbreak of notifiable animal disease

SIM 01/2010/02

Introduction

1. 'Livestock farm' means premises where:

  1. Notifiable disease susceptible livestock are present as a commercial concern or kept as pets;
  2. Such animals were present in the four weeks preceding the visit or will be introduced in the next four weeks;
  3. The parts of the farm to be visited have been treated with manure or other products from susceptible animals in the preceding four weeks.

Risk Assessment          

2. The risk of spreading disease varies with the degree of exposure to animals and their products; hence the measures required should take into account the nature of the visit.

3. However, FOD does not expect or anticipate that inspectors will normally come into close or direct contact with livestock.  Unnecessary contact with animals should be avoided and visiting staff should neither handle animals nor routinely go into livestock enclosures or other buildings (eg poultry sheds) unless it is absolutely necessary for the purpose of their visit.

4. Suitable protective clothing should be worn at all farm visits that involve entering areas where livestock are present or to which they normally have access. The type of PPE/RPE required depends on the nature the visit, eg the protection required for a visit to a poultry farm or a dairy herd would differ from that required for a visit to an extensive unit on moorland.   

Additional biosecurity measures

5. In addition to the general biosecurity measures listed earlier in this guidance, FOD staff should:

Updated 2020-12-15