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Livestock welfare in severe weather

With the cold weather set to continue and snow forecast for parts of Wales, the Welsh Government is reminding farmers of their legal responsibilities during periods of severe weather.

Environment Minister, John Griffiths, said:

“Farmers need to take reasonable arrangements to protect their welfare and prevent suffering where livestock might be at risk during severe weather. Animals kept outside must have access to dry lying areas”

“Famers should ensure livestock is protected from the severe weather and that food and water is available. Farmers will be best placed to identify and source feed and water for their animals in times of difficulty, for example by co-operating with neighbours if supplies run short or access is difficult.”

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr. Christianne Glossop said:

“Animals need access to a dry lying area, fresh water and supplementary feed in such cold conditions. Care needs to extend to animals in transit. Transporters are required by law not to transport animals in a way that is likely to cause injury or undue suffering. So in the current conditions transporters must check their intended route is safe and clear before any journey commences.”

Advice on looking after farmed animals, horses and ponies and pets during bad weather is available on the Welsh Government website.

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