Safety and Welfare in Livestock Auction Markets

Due to ever increasing requirements for Health & Safety and Animal Health and Welfare as well as Traceability, everyone needs to be sure they are working to the highest of standards. NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd has worked with the Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA) to develop a bespoke course that can be delivered by a senior member of auction staff, followed up with a verification visit.


Every animal that goes through an auction mart in these times has to be identified as part of the food chain. From birth until death the animal has to be treated to very high welfare standards and the farmer or stockman has to prove that he/she is doing everything to the highest standard. The verification process is designed to provide independent conformation on drover performance with a short follow up session and report on the verifier’s findings.

All auctions that successfully complete the verification visit will be awarded a certificate from NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd to recognise that industry standards have been acheieved. Each delegate will also receive a certificate copy.