​Home slaughter

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Important information

This guide is currently being reviewed and updated. If you have any questions regarding the application of the law regarding home slaughter please seek legal advice.

This information is for:

  • keepers of animals who slaughter livestock on farm for their own consumption or that of members of their household living there.
  • local authorities which are responsible for the enforcement of Animal Welfare, Food Hygiene and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Regulations on farms

This guide is not intended to cover all livestock species. It does cover those species for which we receive most enquiries. It is therefore particularly applicable to cattle, sheep and goats where TSE controls apply.

For the purposes of this guide, ‘farm’ is defined as any premises where livestock is kept.