UK - The Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) inspected more farms in the UK in 2013 to assess animal welfare than the year before.
The agriculture ministry, Defra, has published the figures for the number of animal welfare inspections in 2013.
The total number of farms inspected last year was 4,493 - up from 4,345 in 2012.
In 2013, 1,998 individual farms received a welfare inspection from the AHVLA compared to 1,874 the year before.
|Number of on-farm animal welfare inspections undertaken in Great Britain during 2013|
|Farm Enterprise||Number of farms subject|
to possible inspection
|Number of farms inspected|
|Cattle (excluding calves)||86,881||1,385|
|Chickens (excluding laying hens)||19,029||42|
|Laying hens - Barn||234||1|
|Laying hens - Free range||2,616||13|
|Laying hens - Enriched||111||2|
|Laying hens - Backyard flocks*||20,355||188|
|Ratites (e.g. emu, ostrich, rhea)||44||5|
*The category 'Backyard Flocks' covers all holdings with fewer than 350 birds, and includes Barn,
Free Range and Enriched cage systems.
(1) The table reflects the number of unique farm enterprises (i.e. livestock categories) visited
by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) at least once (in some cases
more than once) during 2013 at which a welfare inspection was carried out.
(2) If a farm has more than one enterprise, a veterinary visit may result in more than one
enterprise inspection, therefore within the 'Number of farms inspected' column, a single farm may
feature more than once and the sum of this column does not represent the total number of farms
inspected. In fact, overall, a total of 1,998 individual farms received a welfare inspection from the
AHVLA in 2013.
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