Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland



Keeping livestock

  • If you want to keep animals on your land you will need to get a unique identification number for your business.
  • Make sure you understand the rules surrounding the keeping and movement of livestock.

DAERA: Livestock farming

DAERA: Identification numbers for herd and flock keepers

NI Direct: Keeping chickens

FAS Scotland: Livestock

Scotland's Rural College: CPH and herd or flock numbers 


Sheep dip

  • Sheep dippers and drip pens must be located away from water and must be maintained in good condition.
  • Anyone dipping sheep must be the holder of the correct certificate or supervised by the holder.
  • Disposal of waste sheep dip to land will require a permit from your environmental regulator.

DAERA: Sheep dipping courses

Farming and Water Scotland: Sheep dip

NetRegs: sheep dip rules


Veterinary medicines

  • Store veterinary medicines safely.
  • Use as indicated on the labels and dispose of unused medicines by returning to your vet’s surgery.

NetRegs: Veterinary medicines

NetRegs: Storage and disposal of medicines

DAERA: Proper use of veterinary medicines - farmers


Organic livestock production

  • To produce and market organic meat you must be registered with an organic control body and you must adopt certain organic standards.

Soil Association: Why choose organic?

DAERA: Organic beef production

Europa EU: Organic Farming

SRUC: Organic Livestock


In this Guideline:


Look after your soil

Protect water

Care for animals

Manage your crops

Manage waste

Make use of buildings

Machinery, equipment and fuel

Protect biodiversity

Small scale forestry

Management tools

Dealing with emergencies

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