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Smallholding – getting started in Scotland February 13, 2012


You’ve got the land and now want some animals – Who do I need to contact? What are the rules? Where do I get the paperwork? What if something goes wrong?

Why do I need to register?

Keeping Livestock

If you are planning to keep animals such as sheep, goats, pigs, hens, and cattle then read on.

Things to do before you buy animals for your smallholding

  • Read and understand the welfare guides/codes of recommendation relating to the animals you intend to keep.
  • Register your land or ‘holding’ and get a CPH number (a unique code allocated to the land where animals are kept). You need this number before you purchase/acquire/move any animal onto your smallholding.
  • Get a flock or herdmark number for your livestock (e.g. sheep and pigs)
  • Get the relevant movement documentation for your animal (from the previous owner) and be aware of the regulations around transporting animals. You may need a licence for moving certain agricultural animals (e.g. pigs ).

Once you have your animals – other things you need to do

  • Your animals must be properly identifiable, with the correct flock or herdmark numbers. Different animals have different tagging rules and some even require electronic identification (e.g. sheep).
  • Poultry and other fowl may require to be registered .
  • You need to keep a register and medications book. Return an annual inventory where requested, and notify a range of agencies depending on the animal and it’s movements.

For a fuller explanation and read more click here

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