Dairy registration and inspections
How to apply for registration of a milk production holding and how we carry out inspections on dairy farms.
Milk production holding registration
To be able to produce milk and milk products, you will need to register.
In England and Wales, you can apply for registration with us using the application for registration of milk production holding form.
England and Wales
If you need any advice or help with your application, you can contact us by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dairy hygiene inspections
We inspect all dairy farms in England and Wales.
Our dairy hygiene inspections ensure a satisfactory standard of hygiene is maintained on all dairy farms and that all legal obligations are being met. We do this by:
- inspecting milking premises and equipment
- inspecting milk-producing animals
- enforcing satisfactory standards
The inspections help to protect the nation's raw milk supply from the risk of contamination by harmful bacteria and other substances.
Frequency of inspections
The routine inspection frequency for registered milk production premises depends on:
- the type of product
- species producing the milk
- the date of the last inspection
- membership of the third-party accreditation scheme (Red Tractor Farm Assurance Dairy Scheme (RTFADS))
- the compliance history of the farm
- any other local intelligence, complaints or investigations that might grant an inspection
Inspection every 6 months
- raw cows drinking milk for sale direct to the final consumer
- raw drinking milk of all other species for sale direct to the final consumer
Inspection every 2 years
- raw milk production for wholesale from species other than cows
- raw milk production for wholesale from cows on non-assured dairy farm
Inspection every 10 years
- raw milk production for wholesale from cows on assured dairy farm
Published: 6 February 2018
Last updated: 28 June 2022