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Get a general or specific movement licence from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) if you want to move animals onto a holding in Northern Ireland.
When moving animals in Northern Ireland:
- you’ll need a licence for each type of animal
- you must not move cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, deer, llamas or alpacas from a holding if another animal has arrived in the last 6 days - unless the animal has been kept in isolation, or if the movement was licenced by DARD
You’ll also need a licence if want to move an animal to or from a licensed ‘isolated facility’.
If you’re a dealer, you’ll need a licence from DARD to move livestock to and from a trading premises. You must also:
- move the animal directly from the trading premises to its destination within 6 days of its arrival at the trading premises (the destination can’t be a market, collecting centre, other trading premises or place used to sell or trade animals)
- keep your records correctly
You must keep the following records:
- registration of the vehicle used and name of the person transporting the animals
- name, address, and holding number of the seller, the date of purchase, breed and gender of the animal
- name, address and holding number of the buyer
- date of sale, breed and gender of the animal and its premises of destination
- individual animal identification number
Records must be kept for:
- 3 years for pigs
- 4 years for sheep or goats
- 10 years for cattle, llama or alpaca
You must show your records to a DARD inspector if asked.
How to apply
You can get more information about movement licences from the DARD website.