Guidance for the animal by-product industry

A collection of guides for anyone working with animal by-products (ABPs), including how to process, transport, store and dispose of them.

Guidance that applies to everyone in the industry

Anyone working with ABPs should read this guide, which explains regulations that apply across the industry.

Transport, storage, handling and incineration

ABP processing facilities

Using ABPs to make compost and biogas, or in a compost heap

Using ABPs to make fertiliser and applying them as fertilisers

Feeding animals ABPs

Using milk as farm animal feed or disposing of it

Testing ABP material for bacteria

Specialist guides


  1. Animal by-products: fees


Application forms to carry out various activities related to animal by-products. You only need to complete an application form if it’s listed as a requirement in a guide. The guide will include a link to the relevant form.

  1. Biodiesel producers: application to use animal fat or cooking oil
  2. Handling and storage plants for animal by-products: application
  3. Incineration of animal by-products: approval application
  4. Zoo animal feed: application to use animal by-products
  5. Sites that use animal by-products: registration form
  6. Pet food factory: approval application
  7. Animal by-product processing facility: approval application
  8. Pasteurisation of animal by-products and catering waste: approval application
  9. Using animal by-products in compost or biogas: approval application
  10. Burning poultry manure at your farm: application for approval
  11. Storage of compost and/or digestate: approval application
Published 8 September 2014
Last updated 14 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Fees section added
  2. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
  3. First published.