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Animal health

Contact Us - States Veterinary Officer

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Protecting the health of all of the Islands animals is important but it is particularly important for the Island's populations of Guernsey cows and Golden Guernsey goats.  Animal health is protected by careful control of imports of live animals, animal products, animal feeds and bedding.  There are controls on feeding food waste to animals and a number of animal diseases are notifiable. The unexplained death of livestock is notifiable as are abortions in cattle. The disposal of animal carcases is also controlled.  Regular checks for animal diseases are carried out at the slaughterhouse and through checks on a proportion of the dairy herds each year.  In the event of increased threats of animal diseases the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services will provide advice on precautionary measures. 

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  • Notifiable Diseases

    • A number of animal diseases are notifiable diseases, follow this link for a full list. A person who suspects that an animal is infected with one of these diseases must report that suspicion to the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services.
  • Imports

    • The sea surrounding our Island protects animals from many diseases.  Controlling the imports of live animals, animal products, animal feeds and bedding is important to prevent us from introducing diseases to our Island.  The importation of many live animals that could introduce diseases to our Guernsey cows and Golden Guernsey goats is strictly controlled.  These animals require pre-movement isolation and health tests in their countries of origin and may need to go into isolation for a period after they arrive in the Island too.  For further information, follow this link.
  • Artificial Insemination Centre

    • This is a cattle insemination service and is available 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Guernsey cattle can only be bred to Guernsey semen or a limited number of approved beef breeds which colour mark their offspring at birth. 
  • Veterinary Medicines

    • Veterinary medicines imported into, and exported from, Guernsey must have a marketing authorisation issued by the authorities in the UK or the European Medicines Agency. For further information follow this link.
  • Identification of Animals

    • There is a legal requirement for livestock to be identified by means of eartags, slap-marks, or pastern tags depending on the species. Tagging (or re-tagging if a tag is lost) of cattle must be requested from (or reported to) the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. Follow this link for information on the charge for this service.
  • Cattle testing

    • The Islands cattle are regularly tested for a number of diseases and owners must assist with this process. Each year a proportion of the Island cattle are tested by the Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services. Follow this link for further information.
  • Feeding of Waste Food to Livestock or Poultry

    • Certain waste food (including kitchen scraps) cannot be fed to livestock or poultry. Follow this link to view the Waste Food Ordinance, 1987.
  • Bluetongue

    • For information about voluntary vaccinations of livestock against Bluetongue, follow this link. To read a copy of the "Bluetongue risk assessment September 2015", follow this link.
  • Bird Flu

    • For information on bird flu precautions, follow this link.
  • "Livestock Matters" newsletter

 

Useful Links

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Farm Services Charges 2018 Waste Food Ordinance 1987 Bluetongue Risk Assessment September 2015 Bird flu precautions Livestock Matters Edition 1 March 2013 Livestock Matters Edition 2 April 2013 Livestock Matters Edition 3 July/August 2013 Livestock Matters Supplemental Edition July/August 2013 Livestock Matters Edition 4 September 2013 Livestock Matters Edition 4.1 September 2013 Livestock Matters Edition 5 January 2014 Bluetongue Disease Voluntary Vaccination of Livestock against Bluetongue Disease Bird flu up-date March 2017 Notifiable Diseases of Animals

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