Guidance

Cattle movement general licence

Cattle owners and keepers must follow the conditions of this licence when they move cattle.

Documents

General licence for the movement of cattle

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General licence for the movement of cattle: annexes A to C

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Details

The licence tells you the rules about:

  • cleaning and disinfection
  • movements not permitted under this licence
  • standstill
  • animal identification
  • pick-ups, drop-offs and stops
  • mixing species
  • movements to and from zoos
  • reporting movements

You must also record and report cattle movements.

Published 13 July 2009
Last updated 1 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Made it clear that a general licence can only be used for movements directly between common land, and premises that have the right to use that common land. Made it clear that standstill rules apply to movements to bovine tuberculosis (bovine TB) finishing units. Added that you can't move cattle under a general licence if the movement isn't allowed under a bovine TB control or restriction.
  2. Updated versions of documents published
  3. First published.