Sheep and goat keepers: how to report animal movements

Find out how to report sheep or goat movements through the Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS) electronically or in paper form.

You must provide details of any movement of sheep or goats to or from your farm to the Animal Reporting and Movement Service (ARAMS) or you can call the ARAMS helpline from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday:

Telephone: 08445 730 137

You don’t need to tell ARAMS if the movement is to or from:

  • a vet (for emergency treatment)
  • land with the same County/Parish/Holding (CPH) number
  • land bordering your holding with a different CPH number, where you send or receive animals from frequently, on foot and without contact with other livestock (find out how to record these moves in a holding register)
  • common land bordering your holding that you’ve registered as linked to your holding

Contact the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) helpline to apply to link your holding to a common.

Telephone: 03459 33 55 77

The requirement to report moves to ARAMS applies to moves to any holding that has a different CPH number, even if the holding is within 10 miles and you own or rent it.

Options for making reports and notifications

Movements of animals onto your farm are called ‘on-movements’. Notices of on-movements are called ‘reports’.

Movements of animals off your farm are called ‘off-movements’. Notices of off-movements are called ‘notifications’.

You can make reports and notifications electronically if you set up an account on the ARAMS website.

There’s a user guide to registering or you can call the ARAMS helpline from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday:

Telephone: 08445 730 137

You can also call the helpline if you have problems entering information, or if you make a mistake when entering information

You can also use your own farm management software to record and report moves, if it’s electronically linked to ARAMS. Speak to your software supplier if you have questions about linking electronically to ARAMS.

And you can submit reports and notifications to ARAMS on paper. (Markets and abattoirs have to submit reports and notifications electronically, but farmers are still allowed to submit paper versions.)

What to include in an off-movement notification

You must complete sections 1 and 2 of an ARAMS-1 movement document when you move animals off your holding.

Look at a sample ARAMS-1 movement document.

On the document you must state the:

  • address the animals are sent from
  • details of the haulier moving the animals
  • address the animals are sent to
  • total number of animals moved

You also need to include the animals’ individual identity numbers, unless:

  • you’re moving sheep to a Central Point Recording Centre (CPRC)
  • you’re moving animals to a holding where you’re still their keeper (eg if you’re moving animals between holdings that you own or rent but which have different CPHs)
  • the animals are identified as intended for slaughter by a single ear tag
  • the animals were identified before 2010 (they’re part of the ‘historic flock’) and you’re sending the animals directly to slaughter

It’s recommended you re-tag animals identified before 2010 with a pair of identifiers that includes an electronic identifier (EID) to make recording and reporting easier.

Submit an off-movement notification electronically

You can read an ARAMS guide to setting up movements electronically.

Print a copy of the ARAMS-1 movement document for the haulier moving the animals (unless the haulier wants an electronic copy from you).

Also print 2 copies of the ARAMS-1 movement document for the receiving keeper, unless the:

  • receiving keeper also has an ARAMS account (as they can confirm receipt electronically)
  • haulier takes an electronic copy and can print copies for the receiving keeper

Submit an off-movement notification on paper

You can download and print a copy of the ARAMS-1 form, or get paper copies from:

  • a market
  • some abattoirs
  • some local authorities

If you get a paper copy, the ARAMS-1 comes in quadruplicate (4 identical forms). Each sheet is a different colour depending on who it should go to.

If you print the form from the ARAMS website, print 4 copies.

Keep the sheet marked for the sending keeper for yourself, and give the other 3 copies to the haulier, who’ll keep 1 and give the other 2 to the receiving keeper.

Submit a notification of a move to Central Point Recording Centre (CPRC)

Central Point Recording Centre (CPRCs) are holdings that will scan EIDs of animals when they arrive, and provide you with a list of the animals.

If you’re sending animals to a CPRC you only need to state the total number of animals you’re moving on the ARAMS-1 form. The CPRC will send you back the individual identity numbers of the animals for your records after they arrive.

If you want to use a CPRC service, check the holding you’re sending animals to is an approved CPRC and tick the CPRC box on your movement form.

At the moment CPRCs are generally markets, but some abattoirs may become CPRCs over time. See a list of approved CPRCs.

When you need to report about an on-movement

You must report on-movement within 3 days of sheep or goats arriving on your holding.

The keeper that sent the animals can’t confirm that they’ve arrived on your behalf.

Report an on-movement electronically

You’ll be able to confirm details of an on-movement electronically through your ARAMS account, as long as the keeper that sent you animals entered the movement onto ARAMS.

If the sending keeper didn’t enter the move onto ARAMS, you can still electronically submit a report by entering all of the on and off details of the move either:

  • directly on the ARAMS website
  • through your farm management software, if it’s linked to ARAMS

Alternatively you can report the on-movement on paper.

Unless both the off and on moves are reported electronically, you as the receiving keeper must keep a paper copy of the incoming movement report for 3 years from the date the animal arrives on your holding.

Report an on-movement on paper

If you don’t have an ARAMS account, or if the sending keeper hasn’t entered details of a movement on ARAMS, you can:

  • send a paper copy of the ARAMS-1 form to the address on the form
  • scan the ARAMS-1 form and email it to
  • fax the ARAMS-1 form to 0844 573 6548

As the receiving keeper, you must keep a copy of the movement report for 3 years from the date the animal arrives on your holding.

Don’t send forms to the Trading Standards department at your local authority, which was the practice in the past.

Standstill restrictions after sheep or goats arrive at your holding

If sheep or goats arrive on your farm from another holding, you must not:

  • move sheep, goats or cattle off your holding for 6 days
  • move pigs off your holding for 20 days

Exemptions to standstill restrictions are listed in the General Licence for the Movement of Sheep and Goats - Annex A-C.

Published 1 June 2014
Last updated 18 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated standstill restrictions to add link to full list of exemptions.

  2. Added the requirement for receiving keepers to retain copies of movement reports for 3 years from the date of an animal arriving on their holding unless both off and on movements have been recorded electronically.

  3. First published.