Animal Health & Welfare Pathway

May 11, 2023

The Animal Health and Welfare Review is now open to all eligible keepers and offers an excellent opportunity to understand the disease challenges on your farm and to offer advice and support for your business.

Funding is now available for a vet visit to offer bespoke health and welfare advice and to carry out some testing for key diseases or conditions. For beef and dairy cattle this is BVD antibody testing and for sheep, drench checks post worming.

Initially only Basic Payment scheme members are eligible, and you can currently only register for one species. This will be expanded in the future.

You must register your interest before applying for a review. After applying for the review you have 6 months to carry it out, complete the diagnostic testing and submit your claim. In order to get the most from your review and testing it is important to consider when the best time for BVD testing and worming drench checks is for your herd or flock. You may wish to delay your application so we can carry out BVD testing during the housing period and sheep farmers are likely to get the most from drench checks later in the summer when worm burdens are likely to be higher. Please call us for advice if you are unsure.

For more information and to register your interest please visit the SFI annual health and welfare review pages on the website.

Guidance: SFI annual health and welfare review – GOV.UK (

Register your interest: Annual health and welfare review of livestock (

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