Approved Finishing Units (AFUs) in England and Wales

AFUs provide a route for rearing, fattening or finishing cattle from TB restricted and un-restricted farms. AFUs must be approved and licensed by APHA.

> Click here for a list of AFUs in England and Wales.

These AFUs have ticked the box to allow their details to be made public when submitting their application to APHA. The list is regularly updated and may be useful to farms wishing to sell stock or other AFUs wishing to source stock.

> Click here for APHA guidance notes and application form for AFUs in Wales.

 

Summary of conditions for the approval and operation of an Approved Finishing Unit (AFU) in England:

There are two options available, with or without grazing, depending on your area.

AFUs without grazing:

  • May be approved in annual testing areas. Can source cattle from TB restricted herds and un-restricted herds. Cattle sourced from restricted herds must have had a clear test within 90 days preceding their movement, with the exception of calves under six weeks old;
  • Can source cattle from multiple premises;
  • No routine testing is required;
  • Strict biosecurity requirements must be in place, including wildlife proofing;
  • Default position is that no surveillance testing of cattle is carried out in the unit. However, APHA have the option to test in exceptional circumstances, such as high numbers of lesioned carcases identified at slaughter.
  • The movement of cattle from an AFU directly to another AFU may be allowed under licence. Cattle must have had a clear test within 90 days preceding their movement;
  • Cattle held in an AFU can only move to slaughter or to another AFU.
  • APHA inspection of the premises carried out at least once a year.

AFUs with grazing:

  • Will only be approved in annual testing areas where breakdowns with post-mortem or culture evidence of disease have been identified and the source seems likely to be from wildlife;
  • Can source cattle from TB restricted and un-restricted herds and from multiple premises;
  • TB Testing of cattle will be at 90 day intervals;
  • Strict Biosecurity requirements must be in place, including well defined boundaries;
  • The movement of cattle from an AFU directly to another AFU may be allowed under licence. Cattle must have had a clear test within 90 days preceding their movement, with the exception of calves under six weeks old;
  • Cattle held in a with grazing AFU can only move to slaughter or to another AFU.
  • A with grazing AFU must be a discrete and self-contained unit with robust bio-security controls in place.
  • APHA inspection for the premises carried out once a year.

> Click here for APHA application form and guidance notes for AFUs in England 

*AFUs were previously approved in the Low Risk Area (LRA) for cattle moving from Officially TB Free herds. These have been replaced by Licensed Finishing Units (LFUs) in the LRA.

> Click here for more information about Licensed Finishing Units (LFUs)