Exmoor Ponies - conserved by conserving

Sustainable
Biodiversity

CODE of PRACTICE
for conservation grazing livestock

  1. All animals used in conservation grazing should be managed as if they were domestic animals.

    HEALTHCARE

  2. All animals used in conservation grazing should receive veterinary attention when required.
  3. All animals used in conservation grazing should receive appropriate regular worming. This should be organised so as to accommodate local constraints.

    Worming unhandled ponies
    needs skilled handlers and a strong pen

    Handled ponies are easier to treat

  4. All animals used in conservation grazing should have access to regular attention from a farrier, as appropriate.
  5. All animals used in conservation grazing should have regular monitoring by an individual competent to assess their wellbeing.
  6. All animals used in conservation grazing should have provision for shelter such as is necessary for the breed.

    NUTRITION

  7. All animals used in conservation grazing should only be used in grazing situations which do not place them under nutritional stress so that they are obliged to eat that which is harmful to them.
  8. All animals used in conservation grazing should be provided with foul weather fodder and other such nutritional supplements as are exceptionally necessary.

    MANAGEMENT

  9. All animals used in conservation grazing should be handled by trained and experienced personnel.
  10. No animals used in conservation grazing should be placed in novel grazing situations without a period of close supervision to assess their levels of stress. Close co-operation with the local population should be established prior to their arrival and during this initial period to monitor the situation.
  11. All animals used in conservation grazing should graze their environment in accord with local legislation and regulations.
  12. All animals used in conservation grazing should have third party insurance cover.
  13. All animals used in conservation grazing should enjoy effective animal husbandry.
  14. Wherever possible, indigenous breeds should recruited to conservation grazing tasks in preference to foreign breeds.

Tim Mackintosh()