Intensive pig and poultry farm inspection

Information for farmers about inspections the Environment Agency carries out on pig and poultry farm structures, records and, maintenance and management plans.

Who gets inspected

All intensive pig and poultry farms are inspected.

What gets inspected

The Environment Agency checks all structures on the farm including:

  • animal housing
  • oil and chemical storage, feed storage, carcass storage
  • foot dips
  • drainage systems
  • slurry or manure stores

Your farm records are inspected, including:

  • training records
  • complaints procedure
  • energy use, raw materials, water use, waste and carcass disposal
  • livestock numbers
  • feed dockets
  • manure export and soil and manure nutrient analysis

Your plans are inspected, including:

  • accident management plan
  • inspection and maintenance plan
  • odour management plan
  • noise management plan
  • manure management plan

You might get an annual inspection from certification bodies appointed under the Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme, which are very similar to the Environment Agency inspection.

Find out more about the welfare of pigs on farms.

Time and length

If you’re a member of the Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme you’ll be inspected every 3 years.

If you are not in the Pig and Poultry Assurance Scheme you’ll be inspected every year.

Environment officers can do the farm inspection for environmental protection at the same time.

You’ll get up to 14 days’ notice of an inspection, which usually takes 2 hours.

What happens next

The Environment Agency sends you a letter setting out any actions that you need to take. You’ll get a follow-up visit from the Environment Agency if you have serious problems meeting the standards.

Published 12 January 2016