Hampshire Trading Standards

Sheep Scab Order 1997

This advice is designed to provide basic guidance to traders. It is not a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

Who does this apply to?

Any keeper or person in charge of sheep.

What are the principal controls?

The Order requires that sheep visibly affected with sheep scab and all other sheep in that flock shall be treated with a DEFRA approved product.

  • Sheep visibly affected with sheep scab, or from a flock containing sheep affected by sheep scab may not be moved from any premises except:

    i. Direct to slaughter
    ii. For Treatment
    iii. Under a local authority notice or licence

What role does the Local Authority play?

  • An Inspector may, by notice, require isolation or movement and detention of sheep pending confirmation of the disease.
  • On veterinary and DEFRA confirmation of the disease, the Inspector will require the owner or keeper to treat the sheep.
  • Veterinary and keeper certification of treatment is required within 14 days of treatment, alternatively, evidence of slaughter is required.
  • In default of a notice to treat, the Local Authority may cause the sheep to be treated at the owners or keepers expense.

What about sheep on common or unenclosed land?

  • The Local Authority may, where all voluntary measures fail and sheep scab has been confirmed, publish a notice and/or service notices requiring all keepers of sheep on common or unenclosed land to remove them within a specified time period for treatment with a DEFRA approved product.
  • No sheep may be returned until proposed treatment is notified to the Local Authority, the treatment is carried out, the keeper has certified treatment to the Local Authority and the Local Authority grant a licence for return.
  • The time between clearance and return will depend on the approved product untilised.
  • Sheep not cleared or returned to the common illegally, may be gathered by the Local Authority, slaughtered, treated or sold and any expenses recovered as civil debt.

Failure to comply with any of the requirements is an offence against the Animal Health Act


Examining your sheep and how to recognise Sheep Scab

  • Scratching against fences and posts
  • Scratching with hind legs
  • Clean areas of fleece, due to licking or biting
  • Tags of Fleece on flanks
  • Areas of wool loss
  • Dry crusty scabs with moist red borders
  • Biting at flanks
  • Standing apart from flock, dull and depressed
  • Discoloured fleece, due to rubbing and scratching
  • Tags of wool
  • Damaged moist skin

If in doubt contact your veterinary surgeon



Animal Health Team

Telephone: 01962 833621

Email: tsadvice@hants.gov.uk

Hampshire County Council
Trading Standards Service
Montgomery House
Monarch Way
Winchester SO22 5PW

B/ani/077/003 August 2002