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Get a general movement licence from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) if you want to move livestock in England.

You need a general movement licence to move cattle, deer, goats, pigs or sheep from one holding or premises to another.

You need a separate licence for each species you want to move.

Other documents

As well as the general movement licence, you’ll also need:


Once you have moved animals, you can’t move them again until 7 days later (21 days for pigs).

Your licence might include other restrictions and conditions.

How to apply

Download the forms:

There are no fees for applying for this licence.

Fines and penalties

You can lose your licence and be prosecuted if you don’t follow animal movement rules.