Movement of livestock

There are certain rules relating to the movement of livestock, including livestock kept as pets.

Cattle, pigs, sheep and goats

The Disease Control (England) Order 2003 (as amended) permits the movement of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats in certain circumstances without the need for a specific licence. This is known as the “general licence”.

Cattle, pigs, sheep and goats cannot be moved under the general licence:

  • from one market to another;
  • from a market to a collecting centre;
  • in the case of pigs, from a market;
  • in the case of sheep and goats, from a market to an approved assembly area, although there is an exception for sheep and goats which have completed the 21 day residency and the appropriate standstill on the premises of origin where they are moved from a market handling only sheep and goats to an approved assembly area;
  • from a collecting centre to a market;
  • from one collecting centre to another;
  • from a slaughterhouse;
  • in the case of pigs, from a collecting centre to a farm;
  • from a dedicated slaughter market unless the movement is to a slaughterhouse;
  • from a dedicated slaughter collection unless the movement is to a slaughterhouse;
  • from a market to an artificial insemination centre;
  • from an approved assembly centre unless the movement is to a port or airport, to a slaughterhouse situated in Great Britain, to the premises from which the animal was initially moved from to the assembly centre or to a dedicated slaughter market;
  • in the case of pet pigs being walked, a pet pig walking licence should be obtained;
  • if another animal has been moved onto the premises during the “standstill period” where this is prohibited by the Disease Control (England) Order 2003 (as amended). The standstill period for cattle, sheep and goats is 6 days. For pigs the standstill period is 20 days;
  • from a premises where a notice has been served on the occupier of those premises prohibiting the movement of animals from those premises under the general licence;
  • to or from a zoo, or between zoos;
  • from any premises within a Sole Occupancy Authority to any premises outside that Sole Occupancy Authority whilst any premises within that Sole Occupancy Authority are under a movement standstill made in accordance with the provisions of the Disease Control (England) Order 2003 (as amended);
  • where restrictions are in place due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

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