Holding a slaughter gathering for the sale of bovine TB restricted cattle

How to apply for a licence to hold a market in England and Wales to sell TB restricted cattle for slaughter, and the procedures to follow when a market is held.

Applies to England and Wales


Slaughter gathering for the sale of TB restricted cattle (England and Wales)

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Auctioneers holding a market or collection of cattle for onward consignment to a slaughterhouse may wish to include cattle which, due to TB movement restrictions, cannot enter a regular market.

These are called dedicated ‘red’ gatherings and must be approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

The guidance provides information on:

  • conditions the proposed site must comply with
  • preliminary approval inspection
  • how to notify authorities when a market is to be held
  • cattle movement licences and transport
  • procedures to follow when a market is held
  • cleansing and disinfection after the event

See the TB restricted cattle: application to hold a market, gathering or dedicated sale.

Published 1 November 2013
Last updated 18 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated TB140 guidance.

  2. Document updated

  3. Updated TB140

  4. Updated TB140 guidance

  5. Document updated

  6. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  7. First published.