New livestock keeper's guide
Whether you keep pet species of livestock (Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Cattle) or are farming livestock on a commercial basis you'll need to be registered with Defra.
If there is a disease outbreak, knowing the location of all livestock, regardless of whether it's a pet or not, is essential to control diseases like Foot and Mouth.
The information provided on these pages is a quick guide to help any new livestock keepers get started. The information detailed are all legal requirements.
Please note: This is intended for guidance only, for more detailed information reference should be made to the legislation.
For all other enquiries, or specific advice for animals including horses, farmed deer, game, lamas or alpacas please contact DEFRA using the following contact information:
You can also contact us as your Local Authority (if you are based in Shropshire) using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
- Moving livestock
- Registering your livestock with Defra
- Tagging livestock
- Medicine records
- Notifiable diseases
- Livestock welfare
- Animal by-products
- Bio security
- Feed hygiene
- Abandoned or stray livestock
- Useful legislation links
- 0345 678 9000