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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.
As well as the general movement licence, you’ll also need:
for deer, sheep and goats - completed animal movement licence (AML) documents from your local council
for pigs - a haulier summary (called an ‘eAML2’)
for cattle - cattle passports from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), and you must tell the BCMS within 3 days of the movement taking place
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 from the Defra website:
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.