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Title: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: Scarlet.Dragon on July 14, 2020, 11:26:01 pm
So, I'm wondering.... how many people on the forum have registered in accordance with the above-mentioned regulations?  I see there are similar for each area of the UK:
- The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2005
- The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2005
- The Animal Feed (Hygiene, Sampling etc. and Enforcement) (England) Regulations
- The Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

This guidance document, (https://www.businesscompanion.info/en/quick-guides/animals-and-agriculture/feed-hygiene-for-farmers-and-growers (https://www.businesscompanion.info/en/quick-guides/animals-and-agriculture/feed-hygiene-for-farmers-and-growers)) specific to the English legislation, but I would think broadly applicable across all equivalents says "...Examples of feed businesses include:

feed manufacturers
feed importers
sellers of feed
feed transporters
storers of feed
food companies selling co-products or surplus food for use in feed
pet food manufacturers
livestock farms, fish farms or arable farms growing and using or selling crops for feed use"

and "any undertaking, whether for profit or not and whether public or private, carrying out any operation of production, manufacture, processing, storage, transport or distribution of feed including any producer producing, processing or storing feed for feeding to animals on his own holding".

I'm reading this to mean anyone making their own hay or growing any form of "stock feed" as well as any "purchased in feed" has to register - so that would be all of us, right?
Title: Re: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: Buttermilk on July 15, 2020, 06:24:55 am
Do you produce more than 20 tonnes of hay?  Domestic pets excluded so does not apply to most horses/ponies, if eggs are for home use then poultry are out of it.

To comply just keep any feed bag labels from purchased stuff.

Yes a few of us will come under the regulations but the majority will not.
Title: Re: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: oor wullie on July 26, 2020, 09:19:37 pm
Yes, we are registered, it's just a simple phone call to the council if I remember right. 

To be honest I wouldn't have known about it if we hadn't gotten approved by QMS but it probably applies to anyone with sheep, cattle or poultry although I suspect that if you aren't selling anything then they won't be coming pounding on your door to check.
Title: Re: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: Rosemary on July 28, 2020, 10:29:09 am
Never even heard of it!
Title: Re: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: Scarlet.Dragon on July 28, 2020, 11:16:35 pm
Our local authority has a visible list of those registered... I was intrigued as to why only one of the 3 main feed suppliers in the area was on it, none of the farmers and few others.

It was an easy process to register, I ticked all the "possibly applicable" boxes on the form, had a lovely chat with the lady from the team dealing with it who discounted most of the listings and worked out which one made most sense (apparently you don't need to register as a transporter if you're just collecting from the feed mill to take back to the farm as it's considered to be intrinsic to the keeping of livestock listing).

Title: Re: The Feed (Hygiene And Enforcement) (devolved locations) Regulations 2005
Post by: bj_cardiff on July 29, 2020, 12:15:45 pm
I have to admit I saw a post about keeping feed bags on here a while back, but its not something I do. I give my postcode to the feed shop whenever I buy feed so there must be some sort of paper trail/tracability?