Beef cattle and dairy cows: on-farm welfare

How to keep beef cattle and dairy cows on a farm, including your responsibilities for their food and housing.

Applies to England


Code of recommendations for the welfare of livestock: cattle

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You and any staff working with animals must read, understand and have access to the welfare code of recommendations for cattle. Welfare codes aren’t law, but if you don’t follow them it can be used as evidence in court if you’re prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to livestock.

You need to follow the guide to looking after farm animals. It explains your general responsibilities to farm animals and helps you follow the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007 and related laws.

Some of the references to legislation in the welfare codes of recommendations are now out of date and instead you should reference the following as needed:

Published 1 March 2003