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Links to different types of inspections, which are carried out for claimants of European Union schemes.

Under current European Union (EU) regulations, Rural Payments Wales must carry out a number of farm visits (inspections) each year.

When the inspector calls…. A helpful guide for farmers to help prepare for inspections on their farm.

Cross Compliance Inspections

Claimants of Single Farm Payment Scheme (SPS) or Rural Development Schemes (RDS) must comply with the Cross Compliance requirements to retain their full entitlement to payments.

Land-Based Schemes

The inspector will check that the areas do not include land that is not eligible for the scheme and that the scheme requirements are being complied with.

General questions

At the end of the physical inspection the inspector will complete an IACS 7 form which summarises the main findings of the inspection.


Under current European Union regulations, Rural Payments Wales, part of the Welsh Government, must carry out a number of on farm visits (inspections) each year to confirm that regulatory requirements and conditions are being met.

Sheep and goat inspections

The inspector will count your animals to verify the accuracy of your records.

Cattle inspections

The inspector will count all the animals, read all ear tags, double tag checking a proportion, check all pasports and reconcile each of these against the farm records and the Cattle Tracing System (CTS).

Record Keeping

You must keep all of the records and information you need to evidence that you have provided complete and accurate information on your Single Application Form for up to 10 years.

Farmers Pre-inspection check list

Below is a list of the main checks to help you prepare for an inspection and to remind you of some of the requirements which should be checked regularly.