Keeping farmed animals – guidance

Deer: on-farm welfare

How to keep farmed deer healthy and your responsibilities for deer health, housing and handling.

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Farmed deer are any that you keep for business on land enclosed by a deer-proof barrier. This guidance does not apply to wild deer.

You and any staff working with animals must read, understand and have access to the welfare code of recommendations for deer.. 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Some of the references to legislation in the welfare codes of recommendations are now out of date and instead you should reference the following as needed: