Our client, a company specialising in mortgaging service solutions, alerted us to the potential presence of farm animals on site less than 24 hours before an eviction was due to take place.
As a result there was a real possibility that animal handlers would be needed at very short notice. This was especially problematic because the property was in a rural location in south west Wales.
Tailoring an effective solution to a specific issue
Our deep sector knowledge meant we understood the legal requirement for animal handlers to assess any livestock on site and ensure their welfare before eviction could go ahead.
We spoke to our handling company to confirm they could attend and provided our client with quotations to cover various scenarios as the treatment of livestock is governed by stringent animal welfare regulations – for example, livestock require passports and licences before they can be moved from one location to another.
We provided full quotations within the hour to cover initial assessment of any animals at the location, as well as keeping herdsmen on site, and the removal of the livestock if the owners were not in a position to collect them.
The client could not get confirmation from the estate agent about the number of animals on site until after close of business on the day before eviction. As a result, the client was not in a position to formally instruct the handlers.
Our extensive experience suggested this would need to happen on the morning of the eviction so we advised the handlers to keep the instruction open.
We then received overnight confirmation and – because we’d asked the handlers to remain on stand-by – we arranged cover just two hours before the eviction took place.
Positive outcomes for our client
We quoted to cover worst case scenarios, but once on site it became clear that we could handle the situation much more straightforwardly, which worked out at 80 per cent cheaper.
Instead of keeping herdsmen on site round the clock, we arranged visits four times a week to ensure the five cows on site were fed and watered until further instructions from the client or the livestock owner returning to collect the animals.
The eviction went ahead smoothly and the cost of ensuring the animals’ safety and welfare was significantly lower than originally planned.