New Animal Welfare Regulations relating to Significant Surgical Procedures come into force 9th May

New Animal Welfare Regulations relating to Significant Surgical Procedures come into force 9th May

What does this mean for farmers?


Ali Cullum, Veterinarian, Anexa Vets

The first change relates to the treatment of vaginal or uterine prolapses (bearings) in cattle and sheep. Sheep bearings may be treated (replaced and retained) by any competent person (someone with the equipment, knowledge and experience). Cattle vaginal prolapses may be replaced by any competent person as long as the cow is given pain relief. However a prolapsed uterus in a cow may only be replaced by a veterinarian. There are fines for failure to observe these regulations.

The second change is in relation to docking lamb tails. The lamb may be docked by a competent person when it is under 6 months old. Ideally lambs should be under 6 weeks of age when docked. The docking can only be carried out with a hot iron or a rubber ring and the tail must be no shorter than the end of the caudal fold (bare skin and fold running down tail from anus). This leaves the tail long enough to cover the vulva in ewes and a similar length in rams.

Date Added: Thursday, 29th April 2021


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