Animal husbandry

You will be unable to obtain any agricultural subsidy, if the identification and registration of your animals has not been implemented in accordance with requirements. Even if your animals are pet or hobby animals and you would not be applying for agricultural subsidy, you need to adhere to the law.

Instructions

The Finnish Food Authority’s website will provide you instructions on how to proceed when you are starting animal husbandry.

Book an appointment with the rural development officials of your municipality. The list is available on the Finnish Food Authority’s website. They will instruct you on how to register yourself as a keeper of production animals and to notify the location where your animals are kept into the register.

In addition, you must register your animals and make sure that they are properly identified, for example, with ear tags. Different animal species have species-specific regulations and instructions applicable to markings and registration.

If you operate a fish farm, you need to be registered in the aquaculture register.

If you establish a fish farm, you must apply for a health permit for the activities. Further information is available on the Finnish Food Authority’s website.

Further information and instructions are available on the Finnish Food Authority’s website

If you are buying or selling bovines, pigs, sheep or goats, you will also need to register in the animal supplier register. Submit a registration notification to the Regional State Administrative Agency in the region where you are pursuing your activities.

Additional information and instructions on page “Notifications relating to professional or large-scale keeping of animals”.

Notify the Regional State Administrative Agency, if you have pet or hobby animals which you are selling, supplying, leasing, raising, training, holding, taking into care or using in teaching activities.

Submit the notification in good time before you start your activities or make essential changes to them. A link to the form is provided at the bottom of this page. Submit the form to the Regional State Administrative Agency in the region where you are pursuing your activities.

Further information on animal welfare is available here.

 

Links to legal texts