Information for farmers about inspections the Animal and Plant Health Agency carries out where livestock, poultry, fish or shellfish matter is incinerated.
Who gets inspected
Any farm where livestock, poultry, fish or shellfish matter is incinerated.
What gets inspected
If your farm burns animal by-products, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) inspect:
- incineration facilities, for example equipment, building, drainage
- records, such as movements of animal by-products, on and off times, temperature, pest control, cleaning
Read the guidance on the storing, handling and incinerating of animal by-products.
Time and length
APHA must inspect your farm to approve it as an incinerator site. It’s then inspected annually.
Inspections take about an hour. About half of inspections happen with advance notice.
What happens next
If you have compliance issues you may get a follow-up visit soon after and visits every 3 months until APHA inspectors are satisfied. You’ll then have annual inspections.
Most problems can be solved by inspectors giving you advice. If you broke any rules you may be referred to the local authority for potential investigation.