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Appendix - SMR 13: Animal welfare

Rural Payments Agency

December 13
16:46 2019

These are known as permitted procedures and must be carried out:

  • in such a way as to minimise the pain and suffering it causes to the animal
  • in hygienic conditions
  • in accordance with good practice
  • by a veterinary surgeon or other person who is legally allowed to carry out the relevant procedure, is experienced in carrying it out and has been trained in line with the appropriate laws. 1

Table 1 lists the permitted procedures. Some of these permitted procedures have condition attached.

Table 2 lists the conditions attached to certain permitted procedure.

Table 1: All procedures on farmed animals which are allowed in England (permitted procedures)

Cattle

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Ear tagging
Freeze branding
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Nose ringing
Removal of supernumerary teats (at age under 3 months)
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Embryo collection or transfer, by a surgical method
Ovum transplantation, including ovum collection, by a surgical method
Vasectomy
Dehorning
Disbudding
Removal of supernumerary teats (at age 3 months and over)

Pigs

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Ear tagging
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy
Nose ringing
Tail docking
Tooth reduction
Tusk trimming

Birds

None of the procedures listed below, apart from beak trimming, may be performed on:

  1. conventionally reared meat chickens 2

  2. a laying hen, or a chick that is intended to become a laying hen, which is kept on an establishment with 350 or more such birds.

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Micro-chipping
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
De-toeing of domestic fowl and turkeys (under 3 days)
Dubbing of domestic fowl (under 3 days)
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Beak trimming of poultry
Neck tagging
Web notching
Web tagging
Wing tagging
Desnooding of turkeys
De-toeing of domestic fowl and turkeys (at age 3 days and over)
Dubbing of domestic fowl (at age 3 days and over)
Laparoscopy

Sheep

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Ear tagging
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Disbudding
Removal of the insensitive tip of the horn
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy
Dehorning
Tail docking

Goats

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Ear tagging
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Disbudding
Removal of the insensitive tip of the horn
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy
Dehorning

Horses

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Freeze branding
Hot branding
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy

Deer

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Ear tagging
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy
Antler removal

Dogs

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Removal of the dew claw

Other species

Permitted procedures which do not have special requirements attached
Ear clipping
Ear notching
Tagging
Micro-chipping
Tattooing
Other methods of identification involving a mutilation required by law
Permitted procedures with special requirements attached (also read Table 2)
Castration
Vasectomy

Table 2: Conditions attached to certain permitted procedures

Cattle

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