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NFU Fly-Grazing Service

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Fly-grazing, the practice of leaving horses on someone else’s land without permission, is on the increase among some irresponsible horse owners.

While actual numbers are difficult to collate, welfare charities estimate that, in England alone, at least 3,000 horses are being fly-grazed grazed on public and private land. The NFU has been working closely with local authorities, members and lobbying MPs to raise the profile of the issue, and highlight the need for a solution for farmers.

To read more about the NFU’s lobbying activity, please click here.


Fly-grazing Farmer Information Pack

To assist members with fly-grazing problems, the NFU has produced a Fly-grazing Farmer Information Pack.

The pack contains information for farmers concerned about the problem, including useful tips on helping to prevent fly-grazing, guidance on what you can do if fly-grazing occurs on your land and signs for use on the farm. It also includes information on legislation which may be used when dealing with fly-grazing, which will be updated as necessary.

The following items are included within the pack:

  • Fly-grazing prevention signs
  • An overview of the options for dealing with fly-grazing
  • Guides on:
  • An introduction to fly-grazing
  • How to react to a fly-grazing incident
  • Fly-grazing and the Law
  • Template notices
  • Business Guide 011: Interference with Goods
  • An information leaflet on GRC Bailiffs, the NFU’s appointed equine bailiffs.

In addition, the NFU’s Legal Assistance Scheme has agreed to offer a fixed rate of support at the early stages of the bailiff assisted removal process, as well as for the other removal methods set out in the pack to NFU members that are also LAS subscribers*.


How do I get a pack?

  • Guides from the pack can be downloaded in the 'Related Documents' below (requires member login).
  • Members can also order the pack by calling NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458.

PLEASE NOTE: The following items are available individually and a member should inform the Customer Service Adviser which item(s) they would like to order:

  • The full pack;
  • Prevention signs, or
  • Template notices

    *normal Legal Assistance Scheme rules apply.


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