What is a Whole Flock Health Scheme?
A Whole Flock Health Scheme (WFHS) is a written programme for health surveillance. It includes information about any actions taken to control or eradicate disease and to manage:
- agricultural chemicals
- veterinary medicines
- feed and environment contaminants.
What you need to record
Your WFHS should record:
- any medications or immunisations given to the flock or individual birds
- feeding regimes
- visits by veterinarians or ante-mortem examiners (people who test live poultry for safety, suitability, and disposition)
- other individual or flock diagnostic results that establish and verify the health status of the individual or flock
- any microbiological results (including for Salmonella and Campylobacter)
- any other information that helps establish and verify the health status of your flock.
The requirements for ante-mortem examinations are in this Notice:
Animal Product Notice: Production, Supply and Processing [PDF, 1.9 MB]
You can find an example of a WFHS in Appendix C of the Generic RMP for slaughter and dressing of broilers [PDF, 644 KB]
Note that most poultry farmers don't need to have a risk management programme (RMP), just a WFHS. However, those who fit under the definition of a chicken producer must have a RMP by 1 November 2023.
Find out more on poultry farming and chicken producers
Animal Products Regulations 2021
For maximum permissible levels of residues (pesticides, antibiotics, and contaminants), refer to the:
Animal Products Notice: Contaminant Specifications 2016 [PDF, 1.3 MB]
Who to contact
If you have questions about WFHSs, email firstname.lastname@example.org